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Non-disabled people can learn from us!

 

Laura on a bike 2Just a bit about me to start with; I live in Warwickshire, I am visually impaired and I just taken up para-cycling…which I am loving!

I am one of four children and growing up I was treated no differently.

In primary and junior school I didn’t take part in P.E or after-school
activities due to my visual impairment. And when I was encouraged, it was always very difficult.

My non-involvement in physical activity wasn’t a personal choice, but pure lack of understanding amongst teachers.
It was only when I started secondary school that the world of disability sport was introduced to me. I will always remember saying ‘I
want to have a go at that’!!Laura abseiling
I quickly got involved in many different sports, after-school and additional training sessions. Since the age of 12 sport has ruled my life!!
Getting yourself active doesn’t just mean ‘get fit’. Yes it is good for your physical health, but also your mental wellbeing and for socialising, which I feel is really key for those with a disability.

It is all important for disabled people to engage with and encourage non-disabled groups/organisations to be inspired, get involved and learn from us, the experts.

Laura competing in dressage

Not every disabled person is a Paralympian but we all have a golden
opportunity to get active, learn something new and discover hidden talents.

For years I competed in dressage, but in 2014 I sadly lost my very special horse to ill health. It’s taken me 2 years to find a new sport. I didn’t realise just how much being active really meant to me, the boost it gives you and what a journey it has and can be.

 

Want to find out what is available in your area? Take a look at Information in Your Local Area pages on this website.

You can also follow Laura @TandemTurner to keep in touch with what she is getting up to.

 

3 thoughts on “Non-disabled people can learn from us!”

  1. Laura,

    I have a disability and the idea of taking up cycling was not an easy one for me. After reading what you have written I am inspired to investigate the possibilities. Thank you

  2. Laura,

    I had been quite disillusioned by my disability since I was victim of workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination as a result of all of that. I now have a disorder as a result of being subject to workplace bullying, harassment and disability hate crime as an employee of the largest police force in UK. My confidence and self esteem also took a battering. I was advised by my Drs to take up cycling as s coping mechanism. My lack of self confidence and self esteem due to above reasons hindered that. I’m now motivated after reading your blog to explore options.

    I have started a petition in the UK parliament to bring to light these issues. I now have a new disorder as a result of being subject to above for more than 23 months now. It is life changing. I wondered if the petition can be supported to bring to light these issues to the Parliament.

    My petition is as below :

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/164872

    Your support will be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    1. Dear Shef,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. It’s great to hear that you are inspired after reading Laura’s blog and we wish you luck with your endeavours.

      Please click on the following link where you will find Disability Rights UK’s view on sentencing included in our Response to Law Commission consultation: Hate crime: the case for extending the existing offences – September 2013. http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/hatecrimelawcommssionresponse.pdf

      Please also see the following page which has some useful guidance on Stop Disability Hate Crime http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/independent-living/stop-disability-hate-crime

      I wish you luck with your petition and I hope you stay motivated to start and keep cycling. 🙂

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