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.
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.