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Posted On: 8th Jul 2015

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Fixer James Ellis
James encourages others to pursue their dreams
Professor Penny Standen, University of Nottingham

‘My disability has never held me back. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside – what matters is your passion on the inside.'

Born with cerebral palsy, James Ellis (24) a music producer from Nottingham, is urging others with disabilities to have self-belief and not be put off pursuing their dreams.

His story was broadcast on ITV News Central on Thursday 9th July.

‘My cerebral palsy means my limbs are quite stiff and it decreases my mobility,’ explains James.

‘I think a lot of disabled people don’t have confidence in themselves.

‘It’s always important to have an end goal, even if it’s very small.

‘My initial thought was to write poetry, then it turned into rapping.

'From there I went to college to learn composition and through that I got to university.

‘I have two older brothers and I was never really treated any differently to them.

‘I want to encourage young disabled people to have higher aspirations.'

With Fixers, James has helped create a film to get his message across.

In the film, he shares his experiences, speaks of his goals, and encourages others with disabilities to believe in themselves.

To watch James' Fixers film, 'Self Belief', click play below.

Penny Standen
, Professor of Health Psychology and Learning Disabilities at the University of Nottingham, appears in the TV broadcast in support of James’ campaign.

‘What is so great about James is that his family seem to have always believed in him,’ she says.

‘For young people with physical disabilities, research has shown that the belief of others is really important.

‘If they detect that their families have low expectations of them then that leaves a real dent in their own self-belief.’

James adds: ‘My mother taught me that disability itself is only at face value.

‘What matters is what is inside.’  

You can watch James’ TV film here at the top of this page.

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