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Disabled Hackney teenagers show the world through their own eyes

PUBLISHED: 14:53 02 October 2012

A photo from the exhibition taken by Clara, showing a broken pavement, which affects wheelchair users.

A photo from the exhibition taken by Clara, showing a broken pavement, which affects wheelchair users.

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The challenges disabled people in Hackney face getting out and about around the borough will be highlighted in a photo exhibition in the Hackney Picturehouse.

Nine young teenagers with a disability took the shots for the show called Access To All Areas, to show the world through their own eyes.

Catherine Lomas, paediatric physiotherapist at Hackney Ark health centre in Cecelia Road, said: “Disability awareness has lead to significant changes in accessibility and attitude.

“However we should continue to ask ourselves how disabled and non-disabled people can work together to create a fully inclusive and accessible society for all.”

Constantin Illioi, 17, said: “I very much enjoyed the photography project and I’m really happy that people may listen to my opinions when they come to look at the exhibition.

“I hope that everyone will come to look at the photos that we’ve taken when they come to the Picture House.”

Participant Clara Ojiako, 12, said she loved part in the project: “I hope that our views will be heard.

“They are our voices and the voices of hundreds of other disabled children in London.”

The exhibition will be held in the Gallery Space on the second floor of the cinema in Mare Street for three weeks from September 28 to October 14.

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