Amy is from Lowton and wanted to share her story about life with a disability as part of Wigan Borough’s Equality Week, which is being run to coincide with National Inclusion Week.
I’m a big Man United fan and have been a season ticket holder for years.
My family is very important to me, especially my two nephews, Luke and Adam. We’re a similar age so we were all brought up together and always go to the matches together.
I also enjoy art and go to an art group in Leigh every Tuesday, where I have a special grip so I can hold the paintbrush.
I do voluntary work and have been delivering inclusion awareness sessions with Happy Smiles.
My disability means I’m non-verbal and use a communication chart with letters on that I point to. I’m just getting back into using this again.
When I was young, I went to Mere Oaks School for children with special educational needs, but the school closed when I was 14, so then I went to Hindley High School, and I learned to read and spell there.
One of the things that annoys me is when people talk to my PA (personal assistant) instead of me, so my message to people in the borough would be to always speak to people with disabilities directly and not to their PA.
My message to other people with disabilities is, you can do anything you choose.
To read more stories from local people with disabilities and to find out more about some well known people with disabilities, go to www.wigan.gov.uk/disability