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Emma Riley

Emma Riley

Name: Emma Riley
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Chorley, Lancashire
Campaign: To challenge disability stigma

I was diagnosed with autism and ADHD when I was around seven. 

 

Primary school was difficult – teachers didn’t really understand why I was behaving the way I was and would just tell me to be quiet or move me out of class as soon as possible without asking me what was wrong. One said I was ‘unteachable’ and that really hurt.

 

I would get very distracted in lessons if there was too much noise. I would get frustrated and start shouting and then get kicked out.

 

I made the film with a group of young people from POWAR - a participation group for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

 

A lack of understanding causes people with disabilities to be discriminated against because they’re different. We hope that people watch our film and see what it’s like for us, and make changes.

 

We want to get rid of discrimination and stigma.

The following Fixers helped me with Fix: 

 

Naomi Womack

Rosie Hargreaves

Andrew Pye

Lewis Frost

Cameron McQueenie 

Matthew Fisher

 

 

Comic Relief supported me with this Fix. 

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