Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 16th
William is 17-years-old and has mixed Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. For William, this means that he is a full-time wheelchair user. As a result of his Cerebral Palsy, William has had to have many major operations including brain surgery and hip/pelvis reconstruction. William also experiences fatigue.
William is a funny, happy and chatty young man with a positive outlook. William likes to make people laugh and in doing so, making himself laugh! He is currently preparing to sit his GCSE's and says, "Just because I am in a wheelchair and I have extra needs, it doesn't mean that I am useless". William wants people to focus on him first and not his wheelchair.
William says he hates it when people talk to him like he is a baby or when people talk to his carer rather than him. William says, "People say they'll pray for me to get better! People don't give me enough time to process and answer questions. People call me inspirational and all I am doing is getting on with my life!".
Family & friends are very important to William and music & comedy are two of his biggest loves. In his free time, you will find William going to the theatre, listening to music, going to classical concerts, entering art/photography competitions, watching films/TV and generally trying to be a culture vulture!
If William could change one thing for young people with physical disabilities it would be to have more Changing Places facilities.
William says, "Always look for the funny things in life. Live for today because the future will take care of itself and you can't change the past. Focus on what you can do and what you can't. What other people think of me is none of my business!".