SEE me, not my disability - that's the message Fairfield's Mohammed Samrah wants to send out ahead of a special event designed to shift the focus from people's disabilities to their abilities.
The 21-year-old who was born with cerebral palsy is an ambassador for Walk With Me, a national event being held in Parramatta next Friday, that encourages communities to unite and walk together.
Mr Samrah said while living with a disability can be frustrating at times he was determined to live life to the fullest.
"Sometimes I'll be in the shops and people would talk to me like I have an intellectual disability," he said.
"People should be themselves, the way they normally are so it doesn't become awkward.
"I'm taking part in Walk With Me because I think it's a good chance for people to get to know a person and not just their disability."
When Mr Samrah was at Bossley Park High School he played wheelchair football but he also enjoys going to the movies, restaurants, shopping and playing poker.
In addition to raising awareness, Walk With Me will also raise funds for Northcott's Sydney respite services so people with disabilities and their families can get a well-earned break.
"Mohammed is a perfect ambassador for Walk With Me and a real champion for the rights of people with disabilities," said Northcott's chief operating officer Lee Carpenter.
Walk With Me will be held on Friday, September 13, from 11.30am to 2.30pm on the banks of the Parramatta River.