A student from County Durham has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the lack of support, provision and services available for people with disabilities.
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Hammond, who has the condition cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user, wants more organisations and local authorities to invest in better disability access.
‘I have to plan where I go in advance and make sure there is access as I might not be able to get in,’ Chloe said. ‘It isn’t fair that I can’t get into a building or access a park like my friends.’
Chloe feels more confident visiting environments which are fully equipped with ramps, lifts and decking.
‘At college I can be left to be with my friends and go around the college with no problems because there are lifts on every floor – I never have trouble with access,’ said Chloe, who studies media at New College, Durham.
‘Places with more disability access means I don’t feel limited, I can just be like my able-bodied friends.'
With the help of Fixers, Chloe has produced a film that raises awareness about the day to day difficulties she encounters visiting parks, visitor attractions and going to the beach.
Chloe explained: ‘To get on and off the beach I have to be dragged, I don’t enjoy being dragged backwards – it’s not fun!
‘I want to be seen as an independent disabled person and not a disabled person who’s life is full of restrictions.’
Chloe hopes to show her resource to local authorities and organisations to encourage them to build better access and adapt their facilities.
‘Its 2018 – we can fly people to the moon and yet I can’t access a building because there isn’t a ramp.’
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