For the last five years, while working through her GCSEs, A-Levels and university degree, Chloe Tear has been writing her blog, Life as a Cerebral Palsy Student. The blog has attracted over 70,000 views and led Chloe to work with over 45 organisations including Scope, the Royal Institute of Blind People, Huffington Post, the BBC, Cosmopolitan and The Mighty.
Chloe has also worked closely with CP Teens UK, a new and growing charity for young people with cerebral palsy and similar physical disabilities.
Chloe’s writing and speaking styles are matter-of-fact, empathetic and humane. She uses her own experience of cerebral palsy, chronic pain and impaired vision to help others with a directness and kindness. Her writing and speaking have helped other young people – and their parents – to better understand, explain to others, and advocate for what they need. She explains: “I hope to use my experiences to promote a change in public attitudes, a greater level of understanding and reassurance for those who can relate.”
Chloe’s speaking engagements range from Rotary clubs to the HemiHelp parents conference, and she’s also been featured in six magazines, filmed national campaign videos for RNIB and the BBC, had five radio appearances and delivers Scope Role Model sessions in high schools up and down the country.
Chloe is also active in politics and worked with her MP to get issues surrounding disability hate crime mentioned in parliament. She is also disabilities officer at her university and has been a finalist for the National Diversity Awards’ Positive Role Model within Disability, Rotary GBI Young Citizen and the Princess Diana Award.
Find out more about Chloe here: http://cpstudentblog.blogspot.com/