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Posted On: 8th Apr 2016

Ability not Disability

Josie (left) with other group members Richard & Brooke
Josie in front of her billboard
Josie (left) with group members Richard Marrs, Natasha Wallace, Andy Bates, Brooke Kinnear, James Martin and Barbara Norris

Josie Morton from Portadown has teamed up with other young people with learning disabilities from Northern Ireland to encourage others to see people for their 'ability rather than disability'.

 

The 33* year old is frustrated that people too often focus on what she can’t do rather than what she can; ‘I want people to see me for who I am and not the disability,' she says.

 

With Fixers, Josie’s group created an eye-catching billboard which has been displayed on College Avenue in Belfast.

 

‘We wanted to reach everyone really so that anyone walking or driving past can see it’

 

‘I hope that it will inspire others to achieve their goals and go volunteer or get a job for themselves. I want to help people relate to others with similar experiences.’

 

Josie says that feedback from people in Belfast has been highly positive; ‘it was all nice comments and made me feel brilliant and proud of the work we’ve done.'

 

You can see the billboard below.

 

‘I found in the past that I can surprise people with what I am able to do,' she says. 

 

 

Josie volunteers at both the Mencap Nursery and the Oxfam shop in Portadown. She also enjoys singing in the local Songsters Choir, where she believes that some people doubted she could cope with the pressure of performing, and was proud to prove them wrong. In the future she wants to study childcare.

 

Josie found being involved in the Fixers project extremely rewarding. ‘I wanted to make friends, get confidence for myself and get involved with others’.

 

‘I want society to not underestimate people with disabilities and it makes me feel great to change people’s opinions. This Fixers project made me want to get more involved and keep proving myself’

 

  Inclusion is Important Billboard

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

 

*Fixers works with learning disabled people of all ages.

Author: L. Kay

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