Trailblazers at 10

I was very excited and honoured to have been invited by Muscular Dystrophy UK to celebrate 10 years of Trailblazers. It was being held at Speakers House in Parliament.

I have been a Trailblazer for the last four or so years. It has given me the confidence to speak out about how disabled people are treated within the UK.

I am one of eight hundred Trailblazers. We campaign for Change, provide guidance, and we are experts in what life is like for young disabled people. We are passionately committed to challenging the barriers in society that stops us living full and independent lives.

I have been involved with many campaigns, one of which was to do with Sports Stadiums changing their attitude towards their disabled fans. Keegan & I are West Ham United supporters and have been trying to work with the club to improve certain aspects. Unfortunately it’s an ongoing problem and as a result we haven’t renewed our season ticket for the new season starting soon.

It was so nice to be with so many different trailblazers Who I had not met before. It was nice to put names to faces and talk about our lives. It was nice to talk to people who are going through the same things as I am.

I don’t think Parliament has had so many wheelchair users in their building at one time.

Once we had finished at speakers house we then went on to an after party that I had arranged where we could all relax have a few drinks and get to know each other more.

Before I was a trailblazer I thought it was the norm for disabled people to be treated badly and if a building wasn’t accessible then it was just tough luck.

Now I know I can fight for equality. I now have a voice & I am proud to be part of MDUK’s Trailblazers team.

Here’s to the next 10 years 🙌🏽

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