29 year old well on his way to becoming the first Judge with Cerebral Palsy
It's amazing how children and adults with Cerebral Palsy don’t let the birth injury hold them back, and this has never been more truer than for Alex, a 29-year-old from Nottingham who is on a mission to become the first Judge with Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination typically caused by damage to the brain before during or after birth usually due to a lack of Oxygen. (Learn more here).
Although Cerebral Palsy can seriously impair cognitive and muscular development, it isn’t stopping Alex who is already in the fifth year of a six-year part-time degree - and will be on the lookout for a new position as a Lawyer to make his dreams come true.
"I would like to become a lawyer. I want to be an inspiration to other people in my position,"
said Alex from Ravenshead, who already volunteers at the Magistrates' Court in Nottingham.
Alex has dedicated his life to his mission and has even overcome the odds of not being able to read due to his dyslexia. For his studies, Alex uses a scribe and painstakingly dictates every word.
Alex went on to say:
"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."
After completing his A-levels at a specialist school, Alex went on to complete a criminology degree in Lincoln but soon found that law was his true passion and one that he wanted to pursue.
After Five years of hard work and dedication Alex has gained experienced working in victim support and has even shadowed judges, it's safe to say that Alex is well on his way to completing his final year and accomplishing his mission and one day becoming a Judge himself.
"It's been going OK – the last result I got was 81 per cent. It's a challenge, it really is, but every year has been really good and results have been quite consistent. It's amazing to think I would come out with a degree. I can't imagine there will be many people with two degrees when they are looking for a job but I will be one of them. I definitely am proud."
Fieldfisher Partner Iona Meeres-Young commented on Alex's story, saying:
"This is such an inspiring story. It is incredible to read that Alex is unlocking his potential. It is testament that cerebral palsy is not a barrier to aspiration. I wish him the very best of luck with his career"
Image credit/original story - Nottingham Evening Post