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Posted On: 28th Jun 2013

Stopping Prejudice with Song on ITV

Courtney being interviewed
Courtney and her choir in Mildenhall

By singing and making music, a Fixer with cerebral palsy has learnt to overcome the personal hurdles and prejudices facing her on a day-to-day basis.


Now Courtney Reeve is developing a choir for disabled people to showcase their creativity in her town of Mildenhall, Suffolk.


Watch her story, which was shown on ITV News Anglia on Thursday 4th July, above.


The 16-year-old has often faced abuse from other people because she has cerebral palsy, which means her speech is slurred and her movements can be uncoordinated.


To break down the stereotypes, Courtney has established a choir group in her town which includes singers who have different disabilities.


‘Ever since I was a little girl I have realised I am not the same as my friends, but I have never let my disability hold me back,’ says Courtney.


‘I have been called a “retard”, and lots of other negative names. I just wish people would see past my disability and see me as a regular teenager.


‘Through this choir, I hope everyone in the area will join in and make music, to make new friends and have loads of fun.’


Helping Courtney run the choir is music teacher Jane Sayer: ‘Courtney absolutely loved music when she was at school,’ she says, ‘and it gave her a happy place where her disability disappeared and she fitted in with everybody.’


Also in the piece is Philip Shaw from Suffolk County Music Services who discusses the importance of music in encouraging creativity in disabled people.


Author: Ashley Scrace


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