Posted on 31/01/2019
As a patron of our communication disorder charity, we’re huge supporters of Lee Ridley and since he won Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, he has quickly become one of the nation’s favourite comedians. Now the dust has settled on his big win and his Royal Variety Performance has been completed, Lee has taken time to reflect on what a big year 2018 was for him and for disabled representation throughout the UK, picking his top 5 proudest moments.
His Big Win
It seems fair enough that Lee’s top moment of last year was being crowned the winner of BGT and as a communication disorder charity who supplies devices like the one he uses in his set, it might just be ours too!
Around the same time as Lee celebrated his win, Paralympic medallist Lauren Steadman made it into the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing. Born missing her lower right arm, she was one of the first contestants to have a physical disability to take part in the show.
Recognisable from ITV’s programme; The Chase Anne Hegarty opened up about living with Asperger’s. Lee agreed that her conversation whilst in the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ camp helped to change perceptions of Autism amongst the British Public.
Formula 4 racer Billy Monger lost both of his legs in an accident back in 2017 but last year returned to racing against able-bodied drivers in F3. Winning the Helen Rollason Award at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, we think he has helped to prove that disability doesn’t make people unable to fulfil their dreams.
Having Some Fun
Lee has also praised Microsoft for their creation of Adaptive Controllers so that people with disabilities are able to enjoy video gaming. The Sequal Trust wrote a blog post about this impressive invention last year detailing how users of our communication disorder charity are able to link their communication devices to the control.
If you would like to see the full BBC article, please click here.