My daughter wants to be a princess or a fairy - or a doctor - she loves all things Disney, pink and pretty. 

I think most four-years-olds are the same and over time she will begin to look up to real figures in the public eye.  

A role model is someone we aspire to be or become like and they are often world famous. But what about role models for my disabled daughter?  

People complain because role models for teenage girls are too skinny or too pretty and that’s true, but for parents like me it’s also the fact that they are never in wheelchairs, or walking with an abnormal gait. 

It truly bothers me that the only time those with disabilities are in the spotlight is at the Paralympics. 

The Paralympics are brilliant; they do raise awareness of disabilities and show others that people don’t let disabilities hold them back but what about those who have not got the ability to partake in sports, who else is there to look up to?

It seems we only have disabled actors or actresses if they are part of a controversial storyline regarding disability. I can only think of one American Teen series where one of the main characters is wheelchair bound, and they used an able bodied actor to play him – he also seems to spend most of his time dreaming he can dance and walk like those around him.

If the media were to employ more disabled  actors – in adverts, in soaps, reading the news or the weather  then disability would also become much less of a taboo. 

Young children often stare at Bella’s chair with confusion as they have never seen anything like it – but what if cartoons portrayed more disabled characters, would they even look twice?

In 2013, a 15-year-old with Cerebral Palsy made the final of Britain’s Got talent for his comedy act , he was the runner-up is & is now popular on the comedy circuit and has done TV acting in sitcoms. We need more of these talented youngsters to come forward and show that it doesn’t matter what you look like, or what you can’t do but that you can be something. 

You can be someone that people admire and want to be, even though you are different. All children need to see from an early age that a wheelchair or a disability doesn’t need to hold them back.
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