Snowdon = celebrating diversity

I hear it all the time: “He has done really well despite his disability…….”

Why do people say that?

At the Snowdon Trust, I’ve met so many amazing disabled people that I sometimes ask myself, “Would this person have been quite as amazing had they not had a disability? Or has their disability given them something extra?”

Many of the Snowdon students I’ve met have had no choice. They have simply had to:

  • Try harder
  • Look at things from a different perspective
  • Come up with creative solutions to find alternative ways of doing things
  • Be more focused on the things they can do really well
  • Be more resilient

Not surprisingly, they can often achieve much more than their non-disabled peers. Attitude is everything. These are the traits that make us admire people. We can learn a lot from them.

We recently received a thank you letter from Michael Smith – who told us he had developed far greater “stubbornness and bloody-mindedness” (a.k.a. determination) as a result of losing his sight.

We are all human; we all face different challenges. What is important is how we respond to those challenges.

And if you’re looking to find some of the best examples, you’ll end up saying “Three cheers for diversity – in all its forms!”

Paul Alexander