It’s wonderful to watch the growing disability representation on social media, with a diverse array of voices emerging for our young people to learn from, look up to or simply be entertained by people just like them. Whether you have a teenager or young adult exploring various platforms or you’re looking to widen the diversity of your own feed, we’ve compiled a list of great accounts to follow.
THE VALENTINE BROTHERS (ZACH & PAT)
Zachary Valentine has Down Syndrome and alongside his brother Pat, has amassed a following of over 8M on TikTok. Loved for the gorgeous relationship they display and their fun dance, comedy and lifestyle content, this American duo are committed to sharing their experiences of living with Down syndrome, answering user-submitted questions, and offering insights into their daily lives and close-knit family relationships.
Dubbed by the press as not only a supermodel, but “the world’s most famous model with Down syndrome”, this talented young woman from Brisbane has had astonishing success in the short time she has been modelling, and has captured media attention both here in Australia and internationally. You can follow Madeline’s journey on Facebook and Instagram.
Rae is a 22 year old blind TikToker and YouTuber inviting us to experience life through her eyes. She uses her platform to discuss make-up, fashion, food, and of course, blindness.
An aspiring model and actor, Damion’s lifestyle and dance videos have earned him over 3.2M followers on his TikTok account. He uses his social media presence to document his life and spread awareness about living with cerebral palsy.
Rikki Poynter is a disabled content creator, consultant, and public speaker on YouTube. She makes content about deaf awareness, accessibility/closed captioning awareness, mental health, feminism, and more. Since making her first deaf related video on October 1st, 2014, Rikki has been featured on mainstream media outlets around the world including the ABC and BBC
THE ASPIE WORLD
Another autism influencer with a huge YouTube following, Dan at the Aspie World talks about living with Asperger’s, ADHD, OCD & Dyslexia.
Tess is a fashion and beauty influencer from Sheffield in the UK who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2. She uses her Instagram to give make-up tutorials and work with brands to champion inclusivity within the beauty and fashion industries.
DJ COOPER SMITH
Cooper, who has cerebral palsy, is a talented young DJ on the rise to fame in Australia and beyond. You can read more about him here.
An incredible Australian who needs no introduction. Follow Dylan’s socials to keep up with his multitude of projects and advocacy work for our disabled community.
Actually autistic adults are able to give great insight into the lives of our autistic children. Disabled content creator, disability public speaker and a parent herself, Ella is brilliant at explaining autism particularly in girls and children.
THE BAKER FAMILY
The Baker family from St Louis, Missouri is a family of five social media sensation with over 3.1M TikTok followers. The two sisters, Jenna and Katy manage their platform, Baker Banter with their brother, Derek, who is 26 years old and has Down syndrome. They started Baker Banter to try to give the rest of the world a glimpse into the life of a family like their, creating lots of fun videos capturing their family dynamics.
Expect lots of very NSFW language as Baylen does a brilliant job of both entertaining her followers and raising awareness of living with Tourette’s syndrome. 21 year old Baylen has amassed a following of over 7M on TikTok with her refreshingly honest and unapologetic content highlighting her Tourette’s and the way it affects her life. TikTok: @baylen.dupree | Insta: baylen_dupree