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Posted On: 3rd Jul 2013

Disabling Disability Barriers

Fixer Chandos Green
Chandos speaking with someone about his project
Chandos meeting fellow Fixer Brad Sowter

A Fixer, who developed brain cancer during childhood, is using a music festival to showcase the talents of disabled performers and break down stereotypes against disabled people in his community.

 

Chandos Green (18) uses music to overcome feelings of isolation he experiences when young people distance themselves from him due to his disability.

 

The Bournemouth Fixer was first diagnosed with brain cancer when he was three years old and, despite treatment, the cancer returned when he was six years old.

 

Since then Chandos has been free of cancer, but the illness has left him with scarring to his head and a slight limp.

 

He says it is these characteristics which often scare other people away from him.

 

‘When I’m at work or studying, I catch people staring at me and how I look,’ he says. ‘It can be quite offensive because you feel like you are odd and not an actual person.

 

‘The friends that I used to have when I was young distanced themselves from me. Because of my “disabled” label, they thought I cannot do everything they do.

 

‘It made me feel alone and outcast, and like no one wanted to understand how disabled people cope with their conditions.’

 

Chandos began writing lyrics to songs to express his feelings. His music festival – which features a variety of bands from his area – will also feature some of Chandos’ compositions.

 

He hopes the event, on Thursday 25th July at the Prevail Skatehouse, Poole, will allow people to break down any communication barriers that may exist in the community, and encourage open discussion about disabilities.

 

‘A lot of disabled people I have met have said they often feel judged by people, and sometimes this is because people are scared to ask about conditions they do not understand,’ he says.

 

‘But I want people to know that by distancing themselves from disabilities, it only makes people with disabilities feel more alone. I want to encourage openness and honesty so everyone feels part of the same community.’

 

Chandos' event will take place on Thursday 25th July from 6:00pm at the Prevail Skatehouse, P6-P7 Kinson Pottery Estate, Poole, BH14 0RG.

 

For more information call 01202 280 123.

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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