AN ‘INSPIRING’ young woman from Penarth who is severely disabled has been included in a list that celebrates those with learning disabilities and autism who are challenging stereotypes.

Romana Thomas has been awarded a place on the 2019 Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List, which was drawn up by Dimensions, an organisation that supports those with learning disabilities.

She has been included on the list after attending college and breaking down barriers and stereotypes.

Her mother, Angela Thomas said: “I know I’m biased, but it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the amazing and inspiring person that Romana has grown into.

“She will continue to make a difference to the community just by being who she is: a wonderful, joyful, determined young lady with a passion for life.”


Romana is an active member of the Penarth community and can often be found bargain hunting, kayaking and walking around Cosmeton Country Park, her mother said.

Sarah Clarke, Campaigns Manager at Dimensions said: “We’re incredibly proud to be celebrating Romana, whose work is not only challenging perceptions but also inspiring others and showing the world that everyone can make a difference.

“Everyone can learn something from people with learning disabilities and autism.

“We hope people like Romana inspire change and demonstrate that we all play an important part – from individuals to decision makers – to make society more inclusive.

“We hope Romana inspires others and helps them realise that their ambition – however big or small, can make a real difference.”