My learning disability is a bit of me, but it doesn’t define me – The Guardian

Shaun Webster: ‘My message is this: Never stop believing in yourself; don’t let other people tell you that you can’t do it.’ Photograph: Rob Gould


Iam standing on my dad’s doorstep. It’s 20 years since he called me a retard. I haven’t seen much of him since then. He told me I’d never work, never live on my own, never have a relationship. I came on the bus from the flat where I live alone. I’ve got an ex-girlfriend standing next to me for moral support. I haven’t told my dad I’m coming.

He opens the door. He smells of booze. He looks at me, confused.

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