If you ask me…Katie Lord

Katie Lord uses Brighton and Hove’s community learning disability service

Who has influenced you the most?
Hans Christian Andersen, especially his story The Little Mermaid.

Which professional has helped you most?
Those from the learning difficulties self-advocacy group, Speak Out.

What one thing would you change about care services in your area?
Have more community psychiatric nurses.

What would make your life better?
To not be so anxious about everything.

What three words best describe you?
Unpredictable, inquisitive, caring.

What event most changed your life?
Having my writing published in a ­government book and in Community Care last year.

What would you like to ban?
Discrimination, prejudice and inequality.

What is your favourite book?
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico which demonstrates attitudes towards people who are different.

When did you have the most fun?
Seeing Tony Benn at the Dome, Brighton.

What makes you angry?
The lack of job opportunities for people with learning ­difficulties.

What cause would you fight for?

How would you like to be remembered?
As a person who tried to change attitudes towards people with learning ­difficulties.

What is the most important lesson you have learned?
To speak my mind.

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