Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 28th
Rachel is 15-years-old and has Spastic Diaplegic Cerebral Palsy. For Rachel this means that she is unable to walk independently and she is a full-time wheelchair user. Rachel also experiences difficulties with her fine-motor skills meaning that she has a scribe at school.
Rachel is a positive, happy, outgoing and sociable young girl. Rachel attends mainstream school. She is currently studying for 8 Nat5 qualifications.
Rachel hates it when people assume that she has a learning disability based on the fact that she is in a wheelchair.
Something that is really important to Rachel is her family & friends and being treated the same as everybody else.
If Rachel could change one thing for other youngsters with physical disabilities it would be accessibility. Rachel says, "it would be being able to go out knowing that anywhere I go will be accessible. Toilets are always an issue as often they are not big enough for my powered chair and grab rails are not fitted properly. I think it makes sense for disabled people to be consulted/involved in the planning of disabled facilities".
In Rachel's spare time you will find her shopping and watching television.
In the future Rachel hopes to raise awareness for people with disabilities as well as work and live independently.
Rachel says, "She believed she could, so she did!"