Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 10th
Emma is 23-years-old and has Spastic Diaplegic Cerebral Palsy, which affects both of her legs. As a result, she is unable to walk unaided meaning that Emma uses a wheelchair, a rollator and walking sticks to get around. Emma also has problems with her fine-motor skills, e.g. using scissors.
Emma has a First Class joint Honours degree in Sociology and Psychology. She is currently studying for a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience. In the future, Emma hopes to go on to do a PhD and gain the title of Dr. After this, Emma hopes to work in Cognitive Neuroscience research.
Emma also has her own blog (www.invinciblewomanonwheels.wordpress.com) where she aims to show a realistic view of life with a disability.
An important thing for Emma is to have an active social life as well as attending lots of concerts and mixed martial arts shows. It is also very important to her to make a difference to accessibility and the lives of other disabled people.
If Emma could change one thing for other young physically disabled people it would be accessibility so that they can access everywhere like everyone else.
Emma says, "If you want to make something happen, whatever it is, take the first step to making it happen however scary that might seem. I cannot tell you how many times I thought about not taking an opportunity because I didn't feel ready for it, but when I did it's took me to amazing places!".