Disability History Month Wall of Fame


Swansea University Students’ Union




Wall of Fame

Chloe Morgan

Nominated by Katie Phillips (Welsh Affairs Officer)

Chloe is the previous SUSU Disability Officer. She continues

to raise awareness of disabilities and accessibility issues in

our ableist world. Chloe has played a key supporting role in

this year’s Disability History Month campaign by planning

events and gathering/creating resources.

Miles Singleton

Nominated by Katie Phillips (Welsh Affairs Officer)

Miles is this year’s SUSU Disability Officer. He strives to

make the university more accessible and raise awareness of

hidden disabilities. He has helped shape the goals and

structure of Disability History Month to ensure we are as

inclusive as possible in our campaign.

Sophie Butler

Nominated by Katie Phillips (Welsh Affairs Officer)

Sophie is an online fitness coach, social media influencer

and disability advocate who focuses on uplifting women

and being unapologetically disabled. She believes in

empowerment through education and has a Sunday School

on her Instagram @SophJButler where she raises

awareness around topics such as internalised ableism,

spinal cord injury and microaggressions.

Henry Fraser

Nominated by Katie Phillips (Welsh Affairs Officer)

Henry was 17 years old when he became paralysed from the

shoulders down. He has conquered unimaginable difficulty to

embrace life in his new way of living. He has become an

accomplished mouth-painter, author and motivational speaker.

He now sells his artwork and was commissioned by The Times to

produce a piece for the front cover of their first rugby World Cup

supplement. He was named as the Powerlist's 7th most

influential person living with a disability in Britain 2017.

Lewis Vaughan Jones

Nominated by Maddie Gilbert (Commuter Students Officer)

Lewis is a BBC presenter who recently made the rounds on social

media for changing his hearing aid battery during the live News. He

had sudden hearing loss (as well as childhood issues with grommets

and scarred eardrums) and now wears a bone anchored hearing aid.

He’s been really open about his experience of hearing loss and the

aids he’s using which I think is amazing for raising awareness.

If anyone is interested in finding out a bit more about his story, he

did a piece last year on “Hear Me Out!”:


Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer

Nominated by Theresa Ogbekhiulu (Education Officer)

Lolo is an actress, model and influencer that has

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She is an Indie Spirit Award

Nominee for her role in the film Give Me Liberty. Her

performance was listed as one of the best by the Sundance

Film Festival in 2019. She’s been interviewed by many

media outlets including, CNN, Buzzfeed and The Hollywood

Reporter. Lolo has a Youtube channel called, Sitting Pretty,

where she talks about living as a disabled person.

Haben Girma

Nominated by Theresa Ogbekhiulu (Education Officer)

Haben Girma is an American disability rights advocate and

the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. She

was named a White House Champion of Change by

President Barack Obama and got a spot on the Forbes 30

Under 30 list. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for

innovation. She travels the world teaching the benefits of

choosing inclusion.talks about living as a disabled person.

Marsha Elle

Nominated by Katie Phillips (Welsh Affairs Officer)

Marsha is an amputee model who is trying to combat

ableism within the fashion industry. She aims to give hope

to the community by having disabled representation within

the industry while dismantling ableists oppressive thinking.

In addition to this she is a talented singer-songwriter and

motivational speaker.

Stephanie Thomas

Nominated by Theresa Ogbekhiulu (Education Officer)

Stephanie is an amputee and the founder of Cur8able, a

fashion styling service for people with disabilities. Her

Disability Fashion Styling System empowers people with

disabilities to dress with dignity and self-reliance. She is

also the author of Fitting in: The Social Implications of

Fashion and Dressing with Disabilities.

If anyone is interested in finding out a bit more about his story, he did a piece last year on

“Hear Me Out!”: https://hearmeoutcc.com/episode-12-lewis-vaughan-jones/

Bernadette Hagans

Nominated by Katie Phillips (Welsh Affairs Officer)

Bernadette is a cancer survivor and amputee model. She had to re-learn to

walk on a prosthesis and was later signed with the Zebedee Management

modelling agency, working with models with disabilities. Her story got the

attention of fashion brand Kurt Geiger who recently featured Bernadette as

a campaign ambassador. On the topic of her prosthetic she said "People

kept telling me to try to hide it and people were expecting me to get it

skin-coloured, but in my head I was like, if I'm going to have a robot leg, I

want it to look like a robot leg", "I'm trying to show that my leg is an

accessory - it's not something to be ashamed of and so I'm just trying to

show that and show that you can still live a happy life."

Keah Brown

Nominated by Theresa Ogbekhiulu (Education Officer)

Keah is a disability rights activist, author, and journalist

with cerebral palsy. She is the creator of the hashtag

#DisabledAndCute, which first went viral in February 201.

Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, ESPNW, Harper’s

Bazaar, and Marie Claire UK, among other publications.

Tatiana Lee

Nominated by Theresa Ogbekhiulu (Education Officer)

Tatiana is an award-winning actress, international model, and

an inclusion activist with spina bifida. She is the voice behind

the blog Accessible Hollywood and its associated YouTube

channel, where she documents her endeavours to fight for the

rights of disabled people in Hollywood. Tatiana currently serves

as a Hollywood Inclusion Associate for RespectAbility, a

non-profit organisation breaking down stigmas and advancing

opportunities for people with disabilities.

Clara Holmes

Nominated by Theresa Ogbekhiulu (Education Officer)

Clara, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, is a fashion model

and public speaker based in London. She is passionate about

self-love, body positivity and making sure there is a diverse

representation of all bodies in the beauty industry. Clara has

been vegan for five years and was vegetarian for many years

before that. Fitness and healthy eating are important to her.

She documents her experiences on her blog and YouTube

channel named, Rollin Funky.

Olivia Attwood

Nominated by Liza Leibowitz (Welfare Officer)

Olivia who starred on season 3 of Love Island was

diagnosed with ADHD while in primary school and

continues to experience symptoms as an adult. She has

shared how living with ADHD can be a struggle and has

tried to raise awareness of the condition through social


Stephen Hawking

Nominated by Liza Leibowitz (Welfare Officer)

Stephen was an English theoretical physicist whose theory of

exploding black holes drew upon both relativity theory and

quantum mechanics. In the early 1960s Hawking contracted

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable degenerative

neuromuscular disease. He continued to work despite the disease’s

progressively disabling effects. Hawking’s contributions to physics

earned him many exceptional honours, including being made

Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982 and a Companion

of Honour in 1989.

Millie Bobby Brown

Nominated by Liza Leibowitz (Welfare Officer)

An English actress and producer who starred in Stranger

Things, was born with partial hearing loss. Her hearing

continued to worsen, and she now is deaf in one ear. As a

result, she cannot hear herself perform. She has starred in a

number of television shows, films and music videos. In

addition, she has been nominated for several awards and

has won on 10 occasions, despite only being 16 years old.

Daniel Radcliffe

Nominated by Alanna Taylor (Student Voice

(Democracy) Co-ordinator)

Best known for his role in the Harry Potter films, many may

not know that he has dyspraxia (a developmental

co-ordination disorder). He revealed that he had a mild

form of dyspraxia in 2008 but has said that he never let it

hold him back and clearly, he has managed to achieve

great things with the condition.

Stevie Wonder

Nominated by Alanna Taylor (Student Voice

(Democracy) Co-ordinator)

Is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He

became blind shortly after birth. His love of music was clear from an early

age as he began playing a number of instruments, including piano,

harmonica, and drums. He has recorded music in multiple genres and has

had more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and 20 R&B number one hits. He has

sold over 100 million records. He has won 25 Grammy awards and won an

Academy award for best original song. He has been recognised in the

Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and

Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of

Fame and now most notably, has been recognised here in the Disability

History Month Wall of Fame.

Ellie Simmonds OBE

Nominated by Chloe Morgan

Ellie is a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events. She was born

with Achondroplasia and moved to Swansea when she was 11 to utilise the

world class swimming pool and attended Olchfa Comprehensive School. She

competed in the Paralympics in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 -

winning 5 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals. She also won 21

gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals from World Championships and European

Championships. She has been awarded several awards and honours

including being named as BBC Sport Personality of the Year in 2008,

becoming the youngest person to be appointed as a Member of the Order of

the British Empire (MBE) in 2009 and was elevated to Officer of the Order of

the British Empire (OBE) in 2013.

Tanni Grey-Thompson

Nominated by Chloe Morgan

She was born in Cardiff with Spina Bifida and discovered a love

for sports in comprehensive school. She went on to have a very

successful athletic career, competing in wheelchair racing for

over 16 years, five Paralympic Games and won 11 gold medals, 4

silver medals and a bronze medal. She now sits in the House of

Lords after being made a Life Peer in 2010. She has won BBC

sports personality of the year 3 times and was appointed as

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in


Rosie Jones

Nominated by Chloe Morgan

Rosie has ataxic cerebral palsy and is a British

comedian, writer, and actor. She has appeared at the

Edinburgh fringe festival multiple times, performed on

Live at the Apollo, and has appeared on panel shows

like 8 out of 10 cats and Mock the Week. She is an

advocate for disability rights and recently appeared on

Question Time where she highlighted how disabled

people are often ignored.

Lee Ridley

Nominated by Chloe Morgan

Lee was diagnosed with a neurological form of cerebral

palsy when he was a baby, which left him unable to talk.

He is the first comedian in Britain to use a

communication aid to perform and is now more

commonly known as Lost Voice Guy. He became a

household name following his appearance on Britain’s

Got Talent in 2018. Lee won the 12th series of BGT and

has gone on to tour the country.

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