A young man with cerebral palsy is urging others not to overlook him based on his disability or make decisions without his consent.
Kiatipat Tongyotha from St John’s Wood, London, has created a film with Fixers demonstrating how frustrating it is when he is ignored
The 25-year-old says: ‘When people make decisions for me it makes me feel angry because they don’t consult me first.’
‘I want to make sure that in life I can speak up for myself.
‘My nurses at one time decided to stop my medical procedure without even letting me know.
‘I feel like not many people know how to communicate with disabled young people because they don’t have the understanding.
‘They need to give me time when they are talking.’
You can view Kiatipat’s Fixers film “I'm More Than Just a Disability || Cerebral Palsy Awareness” at the top of this page.
‘I hope NHS professionals who work with young disabled people will take the message in this film on board.
Hopefully it will give people a better understanding of how to communicate with someone who has a disability and gain a different perspective.’
Kiatipat will be launching his film at an NHS Conference on Friday 29th January where health professionals will be discussing patient experiences.
He hopes that the film will demonstrate to others the importance of clear communication.
‘If someone tries to talk for me I just want to tell them not to even try!’ Kiatipat adds.
‘Always ask me first because you could be wrong.
‘I’m more than just a disability.’
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