Family plays a big theme in Laura’s interview. Having been adopted along with her twin sister in Bangkok, and brought to England by her fantastic parents, Laura speaks highly of mum and dad, who always went ‘above and beyond’ to advocate on their behalf. Reflecting back on her campaigning work, Laura describes how she’s learnt a huge amount from her parents, of how to fight for her rights as she grew older and became more independent.
A live music and arts enthusiast, Laura describes what life has been like growing up with a twin sister who shares the same condition as her - Congenital Muscular Dystrophy – laughing at how people often describe them “like an old married couple”. She describes growing up with her twin, ‘her rock’ and companion who was able to share her concerns with her sister who understood everything she was going through, despite being affected differently by the condition.
Laura also touches on intersectionality, discussing her experience of being visibly disabled and of South East Asian heritage - with both British and Irish culture background - and how that combination influenced how she was perceived by others’.
Listen to some of Laura’s interview highlights below