A NEW College Durham student who has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user, wants more organisations and local authorities to invest in better disability access.

Eighteen-year-old Chloe Hammond, who studies media at the college, said: “I have to plan where I go in advance and make sure there is access as I might not be able to get in. It isn’t fair that I can’t get into a building or access a park like my friends can.”

Working with Fixers – a charity that gives young people a voice to campaign on the issues that matter to them – Chloe has produced a film to encourage organisations to adapt their facilities and to raise awareness about the day to day difficulties she encounters visiting parks, visitor attractions and going to the beach.

Chloe said: “I want to be seen as an independent disabled person and not a disabled person who’s life is full of restrictions. Places with more disability access means I don’t feel limited, I can just be like my able-bodied friends.

“It’s 2018 – we can fly people to the moon and yet I can’t access a building because there isn’t a ramp.”

To view Chloe’s film, go to http://www.fixers.org.uk