NO LIM­ITS

In Aus­tralia, two mil­lion women live a with phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity that af­fects their ev­ery­day life. We spoke to three girls prove who that de­ter­mi­na­tion and pos­i­tiv­ity out­weigh any ob­sta­cle.

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it’s hard enough be­ing a teenage girl – it’s even harder when you have trou­ble see­ing, hear­ing, walk­ing or do­ing cer­tain tasks for your­self.

But for most of th­ese girls, their big­gest prob­lem isn’t the phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity it­self. The big­ger dis­abil­ity ac­tu­ally comes from the way they can be treated, which makes it so much harder for them to be their best selves.

As a so­ci­ety, we aren’t taught about what it’s like to have a dis­abil­ity and there is very lit­tle rep­re­sen­ta­tion of peo­ple with dis­abil­ity in the media. Plus, our so­ci­ety is gen­er­ally de­signed for able-bod­ied peo­ple and isn’t su­per in­clu­sive of peo­ple who are not, so peo­ple with phys­i­cal im­pair­ments can often be ex­cluded from school, so­cial events or even jobs, be­cause the en­vi­ron­ment doesn’t al­low them to be in­volved.

And that sucks, coz when peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are given equal op­por­tu­ni­ties they can achieve just as much as able-bod­ied peo­ple. The young stars of the Aus­tralian Par­a­lympics team are cur­rently crush­ing it in the sport­ing world. Ash­leigh McCon­nell, 21, is a cham­pion swim­mer, de­spite miss­ing her left arm. Bri­anna Coop, 19, and

Erin Cleaver, 18, are ath­let­ics stars with cere­bral palsy. Jenna Jones, 17, has vi­sion im­pair­ment, but that doesn’t stop her swim­ming. And Joany Baden­horst, 23, com­petes in snow­board­ing with only one leg.

Th­ese girls show that when it comes to what’s pos­si­ble, to quote Cady Heron, the limit does not ex­ist.

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