Michelle Middleton was born with cerebral palsy and is urging people not to treat those with disabilities differently.
The 26-year-old* from Liverpool feels that a lack of understanding about disability causes people to approach her in a way that they wouldn’t approach others.
‘I have grown up facing a lot of judgement and discrimination,’ explains Michelle.
‘I have been treated differently in a lot of ways - name calling, being left out of conversations and being asked inappropriate questions.
‘It makes me feel frustrated that people can’t just get to know me as a person.
'Being singled out for something you can’t change is a very lonely and isolating feeling.
‘People shouldn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable when it comes to speaking to someone who has a disability.’
With Fixers, Michelle has helped to create a film that uses humour to show the different ways people have reacted to her condition.
In the piece, she talks directly to camera, and offers advice about the things people should and shouldn’t do when they meet someone who has a disability.
You can watch Michelle's Fixers film 'The Dos and Don'ts of Disability' at the top of this page.
‘I love the finished film. It’s exactly how I imagined,’ says Michelle.
‘I hope it will give other disabled people the confidence and self-belief to go out there and live life to the full without worrying about what others will say to them.’
Michelle hopes to share her film with schools, colleges, universities and local charities to get her message across.
‘The next time you meet someone who has a disability please remember that just because they aren’t exactly like you, it doesn’t mean they aren’t human beings,’ she adds.
‘Don’t judge someone on their outer appearance.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.
*NOTE: Fixers sometimes go beyond the 16-25yr age bracket while working on their Fix.