If you ask me…Anika Baddeley

Anika Baddeley is a student. She has cerebral palsy, dyslexia and dispraxia

Who has influenced you the most?
My mother, Clement Atlee and Nelson Mandela.

Which professional has helped you most?
My neurological rehabilitation team.

What would make your life better?
Access to a 24-hour personal assistant so I can write whenever I want.

What event most changed your life?
Attending a sixth form college and having access to learning support services.

How would you spend a lottery win?
Build several wheelchair-adapted homes for disabled young people.

What is your greatest achievement?
Going to university and surviving the student support services.

Where did you have the most fun?
A wild weekend at Ambleside youth hostel, with a friend. It was our first parent-free adventure with negligible wheelchair access.

What would you change about care services in your area?
Introduce a programme of maintenance physiotherapy for adults with brain injuries and neurological impairments.

Who do you most admire?
Emily Davison, the first suffragette to martyr herself by stepping in front of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby.

What cause would you fight for?
Continuing support services for disabled adults to lessen the gap between child and adult services.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a writer with a sense of humour and a woman who, in the words of Douglas Adams, knows where her towel is.

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