Emily Stewart

Emily smiling

What people like and admire about me

People like that I’m helpful, caring, kind, willing, eager, determined and fun.

What’s important to me?

It’s important that I have the right support so I can be as independent as possible. My friends and family are important to me, and so is going to church.

Things I find challenging 

I can find it challenging to accept my disability and that I sometimes have to ask for help.

How best to support me?

By listening to me and understanding that sometimes it’s not about what I’ve got to do but how I’ve got to do it. Things have to be accessible for me. It’s also important to be patient and make sure I understand things.

Why are you passionate about campaigning and making a difference?

Everyone needs equal opportunities. Just because you might not be able to communicate the same way, you should not be left out. 

What is something that you think needs changing to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss?

The ways in which people can get involved in their communities. Many places just aren’t geared up for people with disabilities.

What are your biggest strengths?

I’m good at listening to others and asking questions if I don’t understand. I then like to repeat back what they said to ensure I understand. I’m also good at adapting questions to suit someone’s level of understanding.