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Severely disabled Runcorn man passes GCSE maths
2:20pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
DETERMINATION has meant a severely disabled Runcorn man has passed his GCSE maths against all the odds.
Owen Ashworth, aged 20, was starved of oxygen at birth and left with quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy that means he is wheelchair-bound and can only communicate through a computer.
The Riverside College student was so determined to pass his maths GCSE, he spent more than 100 hours programming his computer so he could communicate his workings out.
He said: “Earning my maths GCSE means I can progress to a higher level with my qualifications. It gives other people with disabilities not just hope but the will to keep going.”
Owen, of Tawny Court in Hallwood Park was able to pass on instructions to his personal assistant to complete the paper and achieved 196 out of 200 marks and a grade C.
His mum Kim said: “When Owen was born doctors said he would be a vegetable, that he would never talk, never walk, never be able to communicate and not live until his first birthday.
“I was always saying we were going to prove them wrong and I am unbelievably proud of him. He has worked so hard for this, he wants to show people you may have to fight but there is always hope. If someone doesn’t think Owen can do something he will go out of his way to prove he can do it.”
In the future Owen hopes to read politics, philosophy and economics at university before becoming a political researcher.
Julia Tickridge, Labour Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Weaver Vale, said: “I have got to know Owen and his family over a number of months and they have spurred me on to champion the cause of people with disabilities and their carers to ensure they receive the proper support they need.”
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