Somebody who has risen to a challenge
The 53-year-old, of Western Road, became a finalist for the Erica Award, which is run by support provider Dimensions.
The awards recognise inspirational people across the nation who are making a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism.
Stephen battles with health problems, has kidney dialysis three times a week and is partially-sighted. He also has a learning disability. Despite his own challenges, he has been raising awareness of the barriers that people with learning disabilities face.
He sits on various organisations including the partnership board and personalisation expert panel for Hampshire County Council and presents talks about hate crime.