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Man On a Mission to Become World's First Judge with Cerebral Palsy

By Nottingham Post

Inspirational Alex Hawley is on a one-man mission to become the world’s first judge with cerebral palsy.

The 29-year-old, who has to have round-the-clock care from three carers, uses an electric wheelchair and cannot write.

But, determined to make his name in law, Alex is in the fifth year of a six-year part-time degree – and will be looking for jobs as a solicitor or barrister to make his dreams come true. Now, he has been selected for the Open University’s national Life-changing Learning campaign.

“I would like to become a lawyer. I want to be an inspiration to other people in my position,” said the Ravenshead man, who already volunteers at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Alex, who has to painstakingly dictate every word of his studies to a scribe and cannot read due to having dyslexia, said: “With all my issues, just getting a job and keeping it will be difficult. But once I manage that, hopefully, I will become a QC and a judge. With more and more disabled people out there, my total ambition is to become the first disabled judge.”

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Ormond Mom Starts WalkAide Fundraiser for Son with Cerebral Palsy

By Emily Blackwood

Matthew McGrane isn’t like a lot of the kids his age, but not for the reasons you may think. The 4 year old has a very specific taste in music. Let’s just say “The Wheels on the Bus” is not on his playlist.

“I started singing blues to him when he was not even 2 years old,” his mother, Heather Eaton McGrane said. “It cracks me up because he’s this angel-faced 4 year old belting out this song by BB King called ‘Ghetto Woman.’ It’s fascinating.”

His love for blues and the people that created it go far beyond the songs themselves. His mother says he spends his time watching concert videos and documentaries about the early blues era. They even baked cookies on March 30, in honor of Eric Clapton’s birthday.

However, Mathew’s unique taste in music isn’t the only thing that separates him from his peers. He told The Observer, that he has a superpower: cerebral palsy.

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Father Carries Son with Cerebral Palsy Along Tasmania's Overland Track in Charity Trek

By ABC News

Jack Duffy has cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia and cannot walk but his family is determined that it will not stop him from conquering the 65-kilometre journey. His dad, Chris Duffy, said he has had a backpack specially designed to carry Jack all the way.

“Jack doesn’t have the ability to do these things on his own so he needs support like many kids out there that do and that’s one of the reasons we do this is,” he said.

“To show other people that these kids all they need is a little hand. We’ve planned for anything, as long as Jack is comfortable that’s all that really counts.”

Jack’s mother Erin Duffy said the trip had been six months in the planning.

“Basically [we] just want to break down barriers that Jack has which are physical and hopefully just get the message out there to other people who have their own barriers [that they] can also get out there and try something different,” she said.

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