Student nominated for National Diversity Award

4th April 2022

A Photography student from Stratford-upon-Avon College has been nominated for a National Diversity Award.

Cece Jaye, 18 from Worcestershire, lives with Tourette’s Syndrome. After gaining a huge following across social media in which she uploads educational and humorous videos to educate others about the condition, she has now been nominated for the 2022 National Diversity Awards sponsored by ITV.

Cece Jaye
Cece has been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award for Disability

As well as having nearly 24.5 thousand followers on Instagram and having over 18million likes on Tik Tok, Cece is also the focus of a YouTube video, Born Different, which currently has over 224 thousand views.

Originally, Cece didn’t think the social media content would go very far: “It was a good way for me to make something good come from my Tourette’s, to give me a way to laugh at it as well as raise awareness and that was good for my own mental health.”

But the wide reach of her platforms means she is now an inspiration and positive role model for a huge range of other people. Her content informs, educates, motivates and engages. This has led to her nomination for the prestigious award.

Cece is so happy to be nominated: “I’m really excited! It will be great to meet others with different disabilities and from different communities who are making a difference. But the main thing is how good it will be for the Tourette’s community as it will bring more awareness about the condition and help to combat stigmas and stereotypes.”

Voting is now open and you can cast your vote for Cece here

To get through, the awards count both the votes and the comments so please support Cece with your vote and an accompanying comment!

To learn more about Cece and her Tourette’s feel free to follow her on Instagram @otters.have.pockets and TikTok

Find out more about the College's Photography course: Photography course