Trailblazers launch three short films

Trailblazers has been important to me ever since I discovered them during that dark chapter of my life.  And many of the people I met there inspired me not to ever give up on life.

Karis Williamson, pictured above with her mother.

Trailblazers, our network of young disabled campaigners, has launched three new short films that feature some amazing young people from Scotland living with muscle-wasting conditions.

Hayleigh Barclay lives in South Ayrshire and has SMA type 2. She talks in her film about how joining Trailblazers has had a positive impact on her life.

Hayleigh says:

Since I became a part of Trailblazers I have learnt a lot about myself and also the work that other societies are doing and also what young people are capable of doing. Every movement has it challenges and disability rights is becoming a big impact upon the world and it’s just great to be a part of that.

Robert Watson lives in Renfrew and was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was six years old. In his film, he talks about some of the barriers he has experienced in his life and how despite these challenges, he is determined to enjoy life to the full.

Robert says:

It can be difficult but you’ve got to try and stay positive. Because if you get too downhearted about things, you might feel like giving up and then you definitely won’t see any changes. I feel you’ve got to show a lot of determination. And whatever you do, never give up.

Karis Williamson lives in Inverness and has congenital muscular dystrophy. In her film, she talks about how she was badly let down at primary school and made to feel she was ‘a burden rather than an equal person’. Because of this, she didn’t attend secondary school. But this highly intelligent teenager was determined not to let this experience prevent her from having an education, and is now studying for a humanities degree at the Open University.

Karis says:

Trailblazers has been important to me ever since I discovered them during that dark chapter of my life.  And many of the people I met there inspired me not to ever give up on life.

These films were funded with the generous support of Alliance Scotland and are available to watch on Muscular Dystrophy UK’s YouTube channel.

Trailblazers is Muscular Dystrophy UK’s network of young disabled campaigners. If you’re a young person (16 – 35 years) with a muscle-wasting condition and would like to join us, sign up here and help us campaign for young disabled people’s rights.

To find out more about Trailblazers visit: www.musculardystrophyuk.org/trailblazers

 

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