Inspiring Alison tells her story to Midhurst students

Alison Wright (Centre) from charity Just Different pays MRC a visit to talk about all aspects of disabilities.  CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Alison Wright (Centre) from charity Just Different pays MRC a visit to talk about all aspects of disabilities. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
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PUPILS at Midhurst Rother College have been given an insight into what it is like to live with a disability.

JustDifferent, a charity which aims to raise awareness about the challenges of disability, visited the school.

And disability and difference were the subjects of the presentation led by Alison Wright.

Alison was born with short arms as a result of her mother taking the prescribed drug thalidomide during the early stages of her pregnancy.

Her presentation was part of a workshop which had been designed by the JustDifferent charity for students in Year 11 and it included real-life stories, as well as a question-and answer-session.

Alison told students how her disability had not stopped her achieving many things in life, including silver medals in the Paraplegic Games in the 1970s for running, table tennis and high jump.

She also won numerous awards at competition level in horse riding.

“We know the sooner children and young people 
learn about disability and difference, the more likely they are to accept people like me as they get older,” she said.

“We aim to create better understanding of disability issues, give children and young people the chance to ask questions about disability –and have fun!”