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Greta McMillan Exhibits Artwork at Porty Art Wall

paint brush and paint palette

At Disabled Living we aim to bring you a new inspirational story each month. Our first ever Inspirational Story of the Month was about an 83-year-old woman who completed the Great North Run in 2015, posted two years ago. Since then, we’ve shared a range of posts covering children’s autism stories, a Fashion Week red carpet debut, alpaca therapy, a wheelchair mobile disco,and much more.

For September, we would like to dedicate our inspirational story to Greta McMillan. Greta is a 13-year-old girl who, earlier this month stunned members of the public with her artistic skills. As a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy who can’t use her hands or arms like other artists, Greta had her artwork exhibited at Porty Art Wall. This project is run by volunteers and ‘celebrates the public space and creativity of Portobello, Edinburgh’s Seaside.’

Greta mum, Thea says:

It has been quite wonderful. She didn’t have a way of expressing herself before – she’s always been good at doing yes blinks but that is dependent on us asking her the right question. So it’s still a learning curve. – Source: The London Economic (TLE). 

portobello, edinburgh

Portobello, Edinburgh

Greta communicates by blinking with her eyes. And now her parents are very pleased that she finally has an ‘eye tracker’ computer to assist with her communication. The computer was funded by people in Edinburgh through a fundraising campaign. The money raised has given Greta a life-changing opportunity to do what she loves the most.

Both mum and dad are very proud to see Greta be able to do something which she enjoys. Read more about how the computer helps Greta to create her art here.


Did you see our guest post on art therapy about a man named Patrick Samuel with Asperger’s Syndrome?

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