After Chelsey Jay become disabled suddenly at the age of 20 due to a rare neurological condition, POTs, she has since gone on to become a DisAbled Model and Director Of Models With A Disability ( Models Of Diversity)
She is set on changing the fashion industry for good, and believes that with dedication, good values and the lessons her unusual little life has taught her, she will be able to inspire a world that excludes disabled people, into embracing them.
Q. How can we all help the most vulnerable in our society?
“I think the only way to help the most vulnerable in our society, is by making them less vulnerable!
Helping them to have a sense of well being by being safe and supported, aiding them to live their lives as independently as possible, and by focusing on a attitude of respect towards them instead of pity.”
Q. Can religion help?
“I think religion can help all matter of things. It also can hinder all matter of things.
It is dependent on an individuals interpretation of religion that impacts what direction they wish to push it in.
With regards to disability specifically, I have found religion to be a touchy subject matter. People often blame or question if there is a ‘God’ when people become disabled or are born with a disability. Generally people want answers for everything, and sometimes the answers just are not there.
Why did disability come in my life? I was training to be a nurse, didn’t deliberately cause harm to anyone, recycled, always brought the Big Issue, yet boom! Here I am as a wheelchair user 4 years later!
My disability certainly made me more spiritual, but not more religious”
Q. How can Government help?
The Government don’t help anybody. (unless your the guys with the money controlling everything.)
So regardless of disability, you will never feel that the Government is representing your best interests.
Its just when you are disabled it is made a little more painfully clearer.
How I feel is that the Government see us all as numbers, numbers that produce money.
The more money you produce, the more help you get.
Because disabled people may not be able to produce money (through employment) or need extra help in doing so, in the eyes of the Government, their value goes down.
This leads to you being put in a group of other numbers that are seen as a dead end too, theres 11 million in this country alone.
That 11 million – the dead end numbers, are given the absolute bare minimum of help financially, because the Government do not see a significant dividend in return, helping and supporting disabled people just eats away at their profits gained from all the poor tax paying monkeys.
There is an awful lot the Government need to do, but choose not to do.
Q. Is the ‘Big Society’ dead?
It was never alive to begin with. Yet another ploy for people to think they actually have control, when of course, non of us do.
Q. Are we now a less caring community?
I can only speak from what I know. I am a 90s kid, so can I see a growth in 25 years of us growing less caring as a community?
The answer to that is yes and no.
Talking from the perspective of a disabled person, being only like this for the last 4 years, I feel that my local community really do support me.
Generally speaking the public are usually very supportive, and gracious towards me. There are incidents that make me shudder in which I have been treated shockingly, but I choose to focus on the countless times doors have been held open, I have suddenly had a push from a stranger uphill or a bottle of shampoo passed down from a high shelf in a supermarket.
The caring community is there, but we are often pushed to be less caring, again by influence from power.
Immigrants are the death of this country, every muslim has a bomb in their bag, homeless people on the street earn 45k a year, its a bombardment of anti-love, anti-support, anti-community.