A University of Brighton student has been named one of the most influential disabled people in the UK.
Jess Starns, who studies MA Inclusive Arts Practice, made the Shaw Trust Power 100 List for her charity Dyspraxic Me, which she founded in 2013.
The list was announced at a reception at the Southbank Centre in London. More than 700 nominations were received for the 100 places.
Jess set up Dyspraxic Me because she couldn’t find sufficient support for young adults with dyspraxia. She was motivated to create the service she needed.
In 2013 Jess received backing from Fixers – a website that helps young people achieve their goals and campaigns – to make a resource book for other young adults with dyspraxia so they could set up their own support networks.
Since then Jess has organised regular workshops in London in which attendees can meet other people with dyspraxia and partake in a variety of activities including cooking, sports, ballet, vlogging and training to develop assertiveness and social skills.
She also organises a yearly Dyspraxia Awareness Week in October and last year Dyspraxic Me became a registered charity. Her work was recognised by Downing Street with a Points of Light Award.