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Corrie Izzy Armstrong Actress Sherylee Houston Reveals Disability Hate Crime After It ‘Knocked On Her Door’

November 11, 2015

Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston has spoken out to raise awareness of disability hate crime, after she was wrongly accused of faking her need for a wheelchair.

The actress was left shaken on Tuesday evening (November 10) after learning that a man had paid an angry visit to her home after spotting her walking a few steps.

Houston wasn’t home at the time of the incident, but her partner Toby was forced to deal with some outrageous threats as the man vowed to contact newspapers and report her as a “benefits cheat”.

Best known for her role as Izzy Armstrong on Corrie, Houston has used a wheelchair since being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at the age of 23.

EDS is a rare connective tissue disorder which affects the joints and causes severe pain. While Houston is able to stand and walk a few steps, she requires her wheelchair to aid her mobility.

Writing on Twitter last night, she said: “Wow disability hate crime knocked on our front door today literally. Scary as shows how much our country’s instinct is to hate not think.”

After her friends and followers expressed concern, Houston continued: “Oh bless you all I’m alright. I’m a little shaken but I wasn’t even there! Thank you all for kind thoughts. It was Toby who got it all.

“Man knocked angry saying he’d seen me walk a few steps to my wheelchair, apparently taken a photo of me and is going to report me for benefits cheat!


“He was very rude to Toby and obviously disgusted that I wasn’t paralysed. Said it wasn’t right and he was going to papers. Vile. Ignorant.”

Houston assured fans that she is fine, but hopes her experience will help to shine a light on the hostility that can be faced by wheelchair users.

The actress has been playing the role of Izzy since 2010.


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  1. November 11, 2015 5:45 pm

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  2. November 12, 2015 9:13 pm

    blooming ridiculous. i have a wheelchair though i don’t use it much. its purely to aid my walking as it is easier for me to push that (and have somewhere to put bags including my handbag attached by its strap for safety) if we go somewhere like the local park. as i can walk a little further without being in as much pain as when i am using my walking stick, i am still IN pain but not as much and i am much slower.but rather that than the constant bad pain in my back and hips i get while using walking stick now. (i was allowed this chair after discussion with my doctor. i had realised how much easier it was for me if i pushed a shopping trolley in a supermarket. (providing the wheels behaved).the wheelchair handles are about the same height and width apart as a supermarket trolley. and if it enables me to ENJOY a short walk in the park, be able to sit and get out of that chair easier (park benches are much lower and therefore harder to get off and no matter how experienced someone is in helping the elderly/disabled to get off one of those benches, pulling on my arms (THIN skin )is painful at least and can be excruciating at most, therefore this chair serves me in a few different ways plus whoever is with me can push me in it when/if i have had enough so i can still enjoy the fresh air, park atmosphere, wildlife etc and green open spaces that bit longer. i certainly do not think i am defrauding the system.i am merely trying to keep myself going that bit longer. i dread the day when i cannot get out at all.i do not go on holiday its over 8 years since i did. all ive got is this simple way of getting fresh air and seeing something other than 4 walls and few different visitors. seeing the same couple of faces all the time does not help your sanity. yopu need stimulating conversation. with others.

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