Chloe’s answers are changing the lives of disabled people forever. Having experienced negative attitudes her whole life, she now volunteers as a Scope Role Model and is helping the next generation overcome ignorance and prejudice towards disability.
Chloe wrote to you recently about her story. She offered to answer any questions you have about her and her experiences. You will find Chloe’s answers below. In the meantime, here are some of the questions she’s been asked by students.
What’s the hardest thing about being disabled?
Children are often surprised when I tell them the hardest thing is prejudice – people avoiding you or not knowing what to say because you’re disabled.
Can you see anything at all?
I’m glad when children ask me this. It’s great to talk about some of the misconceptions around blindness. So many people assume I see nothing at all when I say I have a visual impairment.
Why do you walk with a limp?
Questions like this show me that the children are really listening. My cerebral palsy makes me limp so I use a stick and sometimes a wheelchair.
Are you able to work?
This is one of those questions you’re expecting and, when I tell the children that I’m a student and will be applying for jobs soon, you can see the gap closing. They understand that I am like them.
Are you allowed a boyfriend?
Yes! And I don’t need permission! This is another one all children want to know. It’s important they get an answer.
Are you scared to go out on your own?
This question really threw me, because I rarely go out alone. It made me ask myself if there was something I was scared of. I realised I would like to have more opportunities to be independent in the future and I shared this with the children.
So far 100 Role Models sessions have taken place across the country, but plans have been drawn up to expand the programme. Scope needs your help to reach 15,000 students with 500 sessions in 2018. Please will you make an extra donation today?
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