Kateryna uses humour to tackle disability prejudice

A teenager from Bradford is using humour to tackle what she sees as awkwardness and prejudice against disabled people.

Nineteen-year-old Kateryna Pemberton suffers from Spinal Muscular Astrophy - and has now made a film that pokes fun at some of the attitudes and comments she has encountered, which she hopes will help 'normalise' the perception of disability.

Kateryna was born with the genetic disorder, which causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement, and she now uses a wheelchair to get round.

She is fed up with people making presumptions, asking inappropriate questions … and making silly comments, so she has peppered her film with the things that annoy her the most.

She believes disabled people should be seen for who they are, not through the prism of their disability.

Kateryna is a vociferous campaigner for disability rights, and has her own blog, called Katz Claws***, where she's seen having fun, getting a tattoo, being with friends, and scotching some presumptions. She also talks about disability and the issues she faces.

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