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Sophie, 30, was paralysed from the chest down in a car crash aged 18. Shortly after, whilst adapting to life as a wheelchair user, she joined the BA Honours Fine Art at Goldsmiths Art College, London. During her degree she also undertook a BBC expedition across Central America (Beyond Boundaries, BBC2). She then moved to London where she quickly established a diverse and successful portfolio career spanning across various creative industries.
Sophie manages her own company designing and manufacturing display products that integrate disability representation into retail (Debenhams, Adidas). Furthermore she works as a portraitist and manages a small boutique wedding gifting arts company, ‘Love Lines’.
In addition to this Sophie is an award-winning campaigner, celebrated not only for her educational work within road safety (Drive iQ, United Nations Decade of Action) but also her journalism raising awareness of the access and attitudinal barriers facing disabled people.
She reports regularly for Channel 4 News, Sky News & the BBC (BBC News, The One Show) and with her first critically-acclaimed documentary winning several awards and her next due to air later in the year, Sophie is quickly establishing herself as an exciting new TV presenter.
An ardent advocate for improved disability awareness, Sophie is also employed as a Marketing Manager and Disability Advisor for several international companies and organizations (Rex Bionics, A2om). Sophie is also Director of Why Not People, the world’s first members club for disabled people hosting accessible events.
She consults for several charities, is a commissioner on the Extra Costs Commission and is a model and ambassador for various brands (Stella McCartney, Carbon Black).
For both work and pleasure Sophie travels extensively, speaking publically around the world on disability, art and more (TEDx, Idea City).
Sophie is a commissioner on the Extra Costs Commission which explores the extra costs disabled people face.
Things are changing and disability is having a moment. We’re starting to break through into the mainstream and I can help Scope play a part in seizing that moment.
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