Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 22nd
Jake is 21-years-old and has Spastic Cerebral Palsy. As a result of his Cerebral Palsy, Jake has difficulty with tasks such as cooking, cutting up food and tying his shoelaces. Jake also struggles with sitting in the same position for a prolonged period of time due to muscle tightness.
Jake is currently part of a training scheme with Channel 4, which has allowed him to secure a year's work in the industry that he did his degree in.
Jake hates it when people automatically assume that he's going to fail at something. He says, "I have repeatedly defeated the odds throughout my life so far and I hope to continue to do so from being underestimated in education to gaining my first job in my desired industry all while living independently. I will be able to do it and I will prove you wrong!".
Something that is really important to Jake is to be treated the same as everyone else.
If Jake could change one thing for other young people with physical disabilities it would be accessibility and also the platform to explain to people who do not have disability how it effects people.
In the future Jake hopes to stay within the journalism industry, as well as to live with his girlfriend, settle down and have a family.
Jake says, "Anything is possible if you believe in yourself. Don't ever let restrictions stand in your way and achieve greatness!".