• Zoe Protor

International day of people with disabilities.

Part 1.

"The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life"

We asked our young adults what prejudices they come across and how it makes them feel in the hope we can change some of those stereotypes that still exist?


I am black, i am not white trying to be black with my braids, i have #albinism which causes me to appear white.

Yes my eyes appear pink in certain lights but i cannot shoot lasers with them it’s just boringly the way the light hits the retina!

I am very visually impaired but i am not hard of hearing my ears and hearing work fine, you don’t need to shout at me.

love me for me.


“I’m a full time wheelchair user with #scoliosis & #kyphosis on my back which makes my back look a different shape.

Some people find it hard to believe that I can have sex or have children. The truth is I have the same sexual desires as any able bodied 18 year old and I, like most of my friends share the dream of finding someone who I can have a strong romantic relationship with.

My disability does not and will not stop me from doing these things.”


My common question I get asked is “You don’t look disabled?” or “You’re too good looking to be disabled”. Personally, I dislike the word “disabled” because to me I’d rather be classed as someone with a uniqueness; something that makes you stand out. With someone with scoliosis, my disability does not disadvantage me in any ways, apart from with my #confidence. I’ve struggled at lot with my confidence growing up and how people may view me, this is probably because of the world we live in now with social media. Everyone is polished, perfect and beautiful. 

I’d like to change that perception. From the help of actual begging to love my insecurity, it has made me more confident in myself because they are what make me stand out, and it makes me unique. No matter how tall, short, skinny, gender, sexual orientation, disability or colour, we live in a society which relies on being perfect, but I know if we all choose to love ourselves more then the world we be a better place. 


“We really don't like being talked about.

When someone asks how I am while I'm stood there or talks to me/at me like a child. This makes me feel sad.

Speak to me I have a voice and an opinion..

Ohhhh "they are' so loving..

What doesn't everyone love unintentionally?

'They are' hard work yes I can be hard work but I also work hard. I work hard to 'fit in' and be 'accepted' something I don't think i should have to do.

Society does not always look/see beyond my #DS I am a hard working member of our society this is who I am, I will not judge you and all I ask is that you get to know me...

You accept me

This is me and I will strive hard to be the best i can be...”

Evelyn. (Scribe by mum)

“Evelyn is now 16, since she was diagnosed at 4 year old, with #autism and #dyspraxia, she has struggled social and emotionally,all of her life.

It really doesn't help, when people say "so what is she good at,I watched "Rain Man",and the man in there was good at Maths".

The comments are usually said in front of Evelyn.

It is very hurtful and unkind.

Evelyn is a beautiful young lady, with so much to offer, to the world.

It just takes her slightly longer,than other people to open up and get to know her.

Sadly, She has no friends at school,as no-one will include her.

Please don't screen my daughter out,she has so much to offer.

Please give her a chance to prove that she is so much more than a label.”


“my #wheelchair doesn't make me invisible - you can speak to me!

People don't speak to me directly, even though i’m sat there.”


Hi my name is Kate I’m 20 years old.  I would like society to direct their questions to me and not my mother. I can talk, I can  answer and  I can initiate a conversation.  Direct your question to me if you want to know the answer. I may have Down Syndrome but that doesn’t define who I am. 


“Are you drunk?" A phrase I hear way too much, which makes me laugh, not cry!

“People often see me from the waist up, and then are confused when a woman in her mid 20s walks down the street fully sober and coherent but with 'wobbly' legs. People's reaction when I inform them "I'm not drunk, I'm disabled, I have #CerebralPalsy." is pretty priceless, from "I'm so sorry" to pure silence...

Being denied entry into bars fully sober to young children asking their parents why I walk the way I do, I've had it all. Ask me politely and I will gladly inform you. People don't know what they don't know. Education is key.

I am differently abled, not disabled. “


People always make assumptions about me because they see I have #DownSyndrome .  I like surprising them!   People find it hard to understand me and quickly give up  . I never give up trying to help people understand me though ! Music helps me express my self . Like lots of ‘typical’ teenagers of course I love music - the louder the better!  I guess I’m just a “typical” teenager then!   The same sorts  of feelings and emotions . I want to hang out with mates and feel cool .  None of us young people like being pigeon- holed though, so please don’t box ME in.  I want to live my life and make the most of it too.  Sure I struggle with some things but doesn’t everyone ? I am an expert at being creative and compensating - every minute of every day.....

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