‘I do think there are fewer social opportunities because you’ve got to plan and make sure that there’s access. If there’s not, you think you can’t do that, but my abled bodied friend or somebody I know could do that and it’s not fair.’
Disappointed by the lack of provisions for young, disabled people, 18-year-old Chloe Hammond from New Brancepeth, County Durham, wants to see more social opportunities for others like herself.
The teenager, who uses a wheelchair due to her cerebral palsy, feels that better public access could help others with disabilities live more independent lives and do things that most people take for granted.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Tyne Tees on December 7th.
‘I find I’m in my bedroom a lot, using the computer, developing my own YouTube channel,’ she says.
‘My Fixers project is to change the world, to make it better for people with disabilities.
‘I want me and other disabled people to have an equal amount of access, but I want my film to touch on the humour and show some light hearted bits in it as well.’
Also featured in the broadcast is Richard Taylor from the charity, Integrating Children.
He explains: ‘Virtually all disabled young people, whether that’s a physical disability, or a learning disability, or autism would probably find that they’re socially isolated and excluded from a lot of community venues.
‘I suppose the effect on any person who’s not able to get out of their house, not able to have friends, not able to get involved in activities, is almost being in prison.’
Chloe adds: ‘I feel passionate about trying to change the world and getting access for me and other disabled people like me because I just don’t think it’s fair and I want to try and change and make my life and other people’s lives that little bit better.’
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