Award category: Influencer

This award recognises a disabled social media influencer speaking about disability equality. They will have used their channels to effect change. This could be someone raising awareness of the day-to-day reality of disability. They could be challenging perceptions, or educating their audience about accessibility and disability inclusion.

Winner

Nominees in this award category

Ananya Rao-Middleton

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Ananya Rao-Middleton

Ananya Rao-Middleton is an illustrator and disability activist. She merges vibrant creativity with powerful advocacy. Proudly autistic, queer, and disabled, her work embraces her lived experiences. She amplifies marginalised voices through her work for brands like Teen Vogue, Adobe, YouTube and Instagram.

Ananya uses innovation and empathy to talk about disability inclusion with diverse audiences. From corporate leaders to disabled individuals. Ananya is known for using eye-catching colours and powerful affirmations. This brings her illustrative work to life. 

Ellie Middleton

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Ellie Middleton

Ellie Middleton is an unwavering advocate for disability equality, reaching an audience of over 300,000 on TikTok, Instagram, and LinkedIn. She founded the Unmasked community for neurodivergent people, collaborating with global brands such as The Independent, Google, and LinkedIn to reshape the narrative on neurodiversity.

In her debut book, Unmasked, (October 2023), Ellie shares her journey of being diagnosed with Autism and ADHD at 24. Across all her channels she aims to revolutionise society’s perception of autism, ADHD, and neurodivergence.

Jasper Williams

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Jasper Williams

Dancer and activist Jasper Williams’ work educates and inspires, while challenging views on disability, deafness, neurodivergence and LGBTQ+. He understands what it means to hold intersecting identities and represents this in his work.

Jasper has contributed to two books on deafness, appeared with an inclusive dance group for The One Show, and performed in multidisciplinary dance, theatre & spoken word performance Bonewords. He also runs support groups and addresses disability equality topics in his online activism and writing.

Safaa Charif

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Safaa Charif

Safaa Charif is an Assistant Producer and disability content creator. She is a bilateral below-knee amputee who uses her online platforms to showcase a humorous take on life as a disabled Muslim woman.

Her TikToks have gone viral, especially when she jokes about being an amputee. In doing this she helps destigmatise disability. Whilst also drawing attention to the challenges of being disabled. Her videos advocate for equality and promote joy and positivity.

Shelby Lynch

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Shelby Lynch

Shelby Lynch is a disabled fashion and beauty influencer, advocate and model. Shelby challenges expectations of what a young disabled woman should be. She uses her platform to talk about intersectionality, body positivity, fashion and the issues she and other disabled people face.

Shelby celebrates her sexuality, and in January 2023 was the cover star for Glamour magazine. She has also modelled in London Fashion Week and champions disability inclusion in the fashion industry.

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