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02/06/2015 06:06 BST | Updated 02/06/2015 06:59 BST

Teen Tegan Vincent-Cooke Creates Cartoon To Explain Her Cerebral Palsy Condition To Classmates

A teenager with cerebral palsy has made a cartoon video about her condition so her classmates can "stop staring" and understand.

Tegan Vincent-Cooke was the first person with cerebal palsy to go to her school in Bristol, and told the BBC "it was hard".

In her cartoon, the 14-year-old says: "The absolute worse part of school is walking down the corridors between lessons and the unwanted attention I get from other kids.

"I feel trapped with their eyes on me. I have nowhere to hide from their stares and it makes me feel really uncomfortable."

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Tegan Vincent-Cooke, 14, pictured at home in Bristol

"It was quite upsetting and lonely," the teenager says. "Maybe because they didn't know what to say or how to approach me when I'm walking.

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Vincent-Cooke is eager to dispel the stigma around disabilities

After writing about her experiences, she enlisted the help of professional animators, a narrator and producer to bring her words to life in an animation.

Vincent-Cooke helped fundraise money for the cartoon by doing cake sales, and she says since then, people have been asking "lots more questions".

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