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Student is recognised for being an ambassador for disabled charity

Lucinda Ritchie

A student from the University of Southampton has been recognised as being one of this year’s most influential disabled people.

Lucinda Ritchie became a finalist in the Disability Power 100 list for her work involving helping severely disabled people communicate through eye movement. 

Ms Ritchie, 31, is an ambassador for SpecialEffect charity, where she advocates Eye Glaze Technology by testing, refining and demonstrating pioneering advances.

The student communicates through a piece of technology which detects her eye movement with a camera or tracker.

Ritchie told BBC News: I feel so happy to be a finalist, I still can’t believe it.

"It’s an honour to be recognised alongside other pioneers and changemakers.

"I’m also looking forward to continuing to contribute to this area of supporting people with disabilities to communicate.”

She went on to highlight how technology has helped her "to study, take part in meetings, talk with friends, and have independence”.

[ You can read our feature on the top 10 most influential disabled people here which was topped by TV presenter Shani Dhanda ]

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