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Broadcast On: 7th Dec 2017

Disabled Minority

Lyla wants to change attitudes towards disability in the south Asian community
Lyla has created a film with Fixers to get her message across
Lyla spoke to two members of the south Asian community who are involved in disability activism

'Because I have a disability, I was always told 'it will be fine you do not need to worry, you are going to be at home, you can’t look after yourself, you can’t look after anyone else'.'


Lyla Asif, 26, has cerebral palsy - which means that sometimes her speech is slurred and the muscles in her leg can be tighter than neccesary, causing her to walk with a limp. 


She has been working with Fixers to change the attitudes of people in the south Asian community towards disability and illness. 


She told her story on ITV News Calendar on December 7th. 


'This is a controversial subject, but the way I look at it is, it needs to be talked about and that’s what I’m doing,' says Lyla. 


'With the help of Fixers, I’ve made a film and it’s a mixture of two things, personal experience and the story of Aladdin.' 


You can watch Lyla's film here. 


'I think it’s a generational thing as much as a community thing,' Lyla adds. 


'My immediate family, my mum, my brother and my dad, have been really wonderful. The younger people in the south Asian community I think are warming up to it.' 


During her campaign Lyla showed her film to two people from the south Asian community who are involved in disability activism. 



Parmi Dheensa from Include Me TOO says: 'I can relate to what you are saying, people have actually shared that. I think when it comes to young disabled women they have a lot more barriers.' 


Aqila Choudry MBE from Love in Care adds: 'People who are over 50 plus, especially ladies, may have some engrained attitudes towards disability. Anyone from a younger age group, and people of your age group, are more aware.' 


Lyla concludes: 'I feel optimistic that the south Asian community is changing their attitude now.


'People my age are growing up and they are challenging attitudes because of their parents and grandparents.


'I feel really empowered to do what I‘m doing and I've had a lot of people pushing me and saying 'we need to hear what you think'.' 


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


Author: Molly Kersey


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