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
Social media is very important. Many people are worried about using social media because of cyber-bullying. This is a very real concern. Neal reports on his experience.
Listen to Neal here
Who I am
My name is Neal. I am disabled. I have cerebral palsy. I also have a speech impediment. I have many skills. I like to empower young people to achieve their full potential. This is my strength.
What I do
I have been a community volunteer for 11 years now. I volunteer with AbPhab, DABD and the local authority.
I can’t tell you how much I rely on social media. It is such a good way to connect with my colleagues. It is surprising how many disability and other organisations are turning to social media. They are using social media to have a presence on twitter and to engage with potential members or clients with a disability. Disabled people need twitter skills so they can articulate what they need or want or think. Twitter is instant
What types of social media I use
I use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype.
My worst social media experience
I was hacked on twitter and it affected me badly because someone started posting things from my account but it wasn’t coming from me. It made me feel sick. I deleted my account straight away but I didn’t use Twitter for about 6 months because I didn’t feel safe. It meant that I couldn’t keep up with news and I couldn’t comment and read about important social issues.
The Mayor wants London “to be the safest global city on earth.” We will need to reduce the level of Hate Crime in London to achieve this goal. AbPhab reports on a new plan to reduce and prevent Hate Crime