Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 8th
Lissy is 12-years-old and has Spastic Diaplegic Cerebral Palsy which affects her legs. As a result, Lissy is unable to stand or walk independently.
Lissy has recently started at secondary school and is a bubbly, chatty, positive and determined young lady. In her free time, Lissy likes to dance, which she does on her knees, as well as sing.
Lissy says it's really important to her to be included and treated equally, she says "I'd love to have a social life like other people my age and have one true friend who would be proud to be seen with me".
Other children often leave Lissy out, baby her, or don't give her a fair chance. A lot of people also assume that Lissy has learning difficulties as a result of having a physical disability. Lissy says that if she could change one thing for young people with physical disabilities it would be acceptance and a real understanding from able-bodied people of Cerebral Palsy and physical disabilities as a whole.
Lissy would also change accessibility as her choice of school was limited due to this - she was unable to go to a school where she knew other children.
In the future, Lissy hopes to have her own business in either beauty, hair or fashion.
Lissy says, "Push yourself, don't give up and don't let others tell you what you can and cannot do just because you're in a wheelchair. If you have the right mindset, you will!".