Disabled Coronation Street Star Reveals Prejudice from Taxi Drivers, Doctors and the Public

Photograph of Cherylee Houston.

Cherylee Houston, 47 – who plays Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street – writes candidly about her experiences of Disability as part of the Mirror’s Disabled Britain: Doing It For Ourselves series.

“My perception of disability is entirely different to yours.

The non Disabled world sees disability as something to fear, pity, pull encouraging faces at and, most of all, to hope with all their might that it never happens to them.

Because wouldn’t that be awful?

It’s not actually.  I’m quite happy being disabled, please don’t take it away from me – I’m alright.  It’s part of my identity, it’s who I am.”

She goes on to say:

“That’s the main problem with peoples’ perception of Disability, the majority still see it as something that is a charity cause.

Why are our needs not met like everyone else’s in the usual infrastructure of society?  Why are our young rolled out to provoke empathy, to get people to put their hand in their pocket?  And what on earth is that teaching the young people in my community about their value?

My life is smattered with not being able to get into the same places / events as other people, taxis turning off their light as they see me, doctors dismissing new symptoms as not really worth investigating and people presuming that I’m incapable of many of even the most basic of things.  None of that is my disability – it’s other people’s attitudes, and attitudes are the thing that disable me the most.”

The article is a great mix of the realities of life as Disabled person and humorous examples of the comments she has received.

You can read the full article here.

This is part of a series of excellent articles written by Disabled people about their experiences as Disabled people.  You can find the full range here.

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