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Posted On: 6th Nov 2017

Living Independently

Tatiana wants to show that people with disabilities can live independent lives
Tatiana is determined to live an independent life
Andrew Barge from Living Options Devon supports the campaign

'Being an independent person is really good when you are disabled because it gives you confidence and positivity.' 


Tatiana Draper was born profoundly deaf and with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects muscle control, movement and co-ordination. She gets around in a wheelchair and communicates with sign language and her tablet.


But despite her severe disabilities, 25-year-old Tatiana is determined to live an independent life. 


'I moved away from my family home when I was 17 and now live on my own in Exeter,' she says.


'My family really worried about me but I got used to it and I just carried on and got more confident.' 


Fixers has been helping Tatiana tell the world that although she sometimes needs help, she and many other disabled people are far from helpless.


She told her story on ITV News West Country on November 10th. 


'I work part time in the make-up department of a local shop,' says Tatiana.


'I can communicate with people and I just feel proud that I am working.' 



Andrew Barge, Trustee of Living Options Devon, a charity that helps disabled people, says: 'It’s certainly possible to live an independent life as a disabled person.


'All disabled people in my experience want to fulfil their potential, to break down those barriers and stereotypes society sometimes puts upon them.' 


Tatiana adds: 'I can sit in my wheelchair, I can’t stand so long, that’s a little bit difficult.


'I control everything and I am strong and I am independent - and people need to see that.' 


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Author: Paul Larsmon


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