Meet The Team
Founder and CEO
Jasper (sign name: 'badger')
Founder, Disability Benefits Adviser and Community Trainer
Jasper founded WheelieQueer in April 2021. He supports Deaf and disabled people with their disability benefits and provides LGBT+ inclusion training.
Being profoundly Deaf, autistic, and having hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Jasper is well-accustomed to how stressful the benefits system can be, on a personal level. Jasper also has an MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology providing him with a medical background, which has helped to understand different conditions (including his own) and the medical jargon used when applying for disability benefits available in the UK and Ireland.
He is a wheelchair user (prone to customising his chair, Ffion!), openly proud as a queer, trans man and communicates in spoken English and British Sign Language.
Social Media Team
Luna (sign name: 'moon')
Bengal x Mainecoon 1 year old Luna helps Jasper with many important roles that include:
Maintaining office schedule to ensure there's enough time for naps and play;
Helping to manage burnout and breaks by dutifully roaming across keyboards;
Helping with paperwork by curling up on the papers; and
Reducing stress with her heart-warming smile, love of cuddles and pets
Her interests include running off with crisp packets, stealing pens, befriending printers, and people-watching from window shelves.
Disability Benefits Advisers
Vivine (sign name: VV)
Vivine's role is supporting Deaf, neurodiverse and disabled people with benefits such as PIP, at every stage. Vivine is a SODA (Sibling of a Deaf Adult). Her older sister (who is profoundly Deaf) taught her sign language from the age of 4. As she got older, Vivine immersed herself within Deaf Culture and was an ally within the Deaf Community.
Vivine was also a Flight Attendant for 10 years and had the exciting opportunity of not only travelling the world, but was called upon to look after Deaf/Deaf-Blind passengers on a flight, who booked to go on their holidays. Covid unfortunately happened, and her career took an unexpected turn.
Vivine found herself working within the National Deaf Mental Health Services (Jasmine Suite) in Birmingham and she now currently does remote work as a Deaf CAMHS Family Support Worker (covering Central England).
Vivine communicates through spoken English and British Sign Language.
Ela (sign name: 'attitude')
Ela is one of our other disability benefits advisers - ensuring that our clients feel listened to, supported and given the autonomy in managing their disability benefits claims, whether that's a new application or challenging a decision.
Ela has been profoundly Deaf from birth and understand the struggles of being unique and finding your identity in a world with expectations. As well as personal experience, studying BA Hons Social Politics and Crime focusing on disability modules, Ela was a manager in a Deaf-led support care company, supporting people of all ages and background to fight for equality and inclusion. She is passionate to ensure that everyone is able to lead the life they deserve as freely as possible.
Ela communicates through Spoken English and British Sign Language
Social Media and Marketing Team
Cameron is our social media manager, running the Facebook, Twitter/X and Instagram content.
He has a background in social media marketing and a passion for LGBTQ+ and disability advocacy. Cameron's experience also extends to website and blog writing, where he excels at crafting engaging, informative content.
He is also neurodivergent and is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion. Cameron's personal ties to the LGBTQ+ community is what drives his commitment to our cause. In his spare time, he is also a working Drag Artist and Performer.
Joining us, Cameron is excited to contribute his expertise to expand our mission, ensuring our vital services reach those who need them most.
He communicates through Spoken English.
India-Rose writes the WheelieQueer newsletter on worldwide disability and LGBT+ news, including updates on disability benefits.
She is a journalist and writer who writes about arts, culture and politics and uses this story telling as a tool for change
She has a BA (hons) in Journalism from City, University of London. It was during her time here that she learnt about her neurodiversity and began to see the lack of news made by and for disabled people. She has written for outlets such as The Lead, Sleaze magazine and founded her own magazine Spark which platforms disabled creatives.
She communicates through spoken English.