One of our group members, Georgina, wants to work in film, television and theatre when she leaves school. Georgina has already started writing short pieces for performance. Her material makes people laugh and think. Here, Georgina writes about her disability. She performed this work at school.
The disability I have is cerebral palsy. This disability affects my speech, the way I walk and my physical appearance. Also, I fall over because I have poor balance. My disability has good points and bad points. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well I’ll give you the good news. I get the best seats at concerts. When I go to theme parks, I get to go to the font of the queue. Do you? Another advantage is my mum can park her car anywhere she likes. Can yours? Well, these are some of the perks of having a disability. But it’s not all good. Now for the bad news. Some people treat me differently and don’t think I’m as clever as they are. But who has more medals. You or me? I have medals as I represented the borough and came away with gold, silver and bronze. No bad for someone with cerebral palsy! Just because I walk differently and talk in a different way doesn’t make me a different person. I have feelings just like you. We are all the same, human beings. Just because I am disabled doesn’t mean you should treat me like a 5 year old. I am 13 years of age and I like music and drama and all the things girls of my age like – particularly One Direction. But Harry is mine so keep off. How would you feel if one day no one could understand what you were saying or you lost the use of your right hand? Welcome to my world. All I am saying is treat people with disabilities with the same respect as you would like to be treated. Love and peace. Georgina. If you’d like to more more about cerebral palsy then you can visit this website: http://www.cerebralpalsy.org.uk