Children’s charity Follow Your Dreams has made a plea for people to speak out about bullying after teenager Joshua Davies was hospitalised following a fall from a bridge. The teenager was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was 14 and has suffered from bullying throughout his life. He was running from tormentors when he fell 50 foot off a bridge in Pontypridd and broke his spine in four places. He has been told he will never walk again.
“Bullying, wherever it is found is terrible.” says Vicky George, Dream Coordinator at Follow Your Dreams. “It is especially terrible when the victim is a vulnerable young person with a disability. We need to educate people more about learning disabilities and how these can make people more vulnerable. A better awareness and understanding of learning disabilities amongst the public will help to make people more accepting of disabled people. We urge more people to report bullying when they see it. We can only put a stop to this if we work together. Speaking out could prevent terrible things like this happening people like Joshua.”
Follow Your Dreams started working with Joshua shortly after his accident and has recently presented him with an iPad.
“We’ve seen the great progress children have made with their motor and communication skills when using an iPad.” continues Ms George. “We also feel it’s important for Joshua to also use it to keep in touch with his friends during his long recovery and stay in hospital.”
Follow Your Dreams is a national charity operating in England and Wales that inspires children and young people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams.
Their vision is for children and young people with learning disabilities to recognise their potential, be ambitious and be provided with the opportunities to follow their dreams. The charity focuses on children’s abilities, growing and developing skills through the delivery of creative and interactive events, dreams and workshops.
For more information on Follow Your Dreams please visit www.