A BRAIN tumour survivor who has been repeatedly laughed at and harassed in public is using the experience to educate people about disability.

Chandy Green, 27, has restricted movement down his left side after having tumours removed, first when he was three and again at university.

He has been jeered at in the street several times in recent weeks but has seen an outpouring of support after sharing the experience on social media.

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In a video which has been seen more than 23,000 times on the social media platform TikTok, he said he had been left “speechless” after teenagers laughed in his face twice in one month.

“I’m at a point where even leaving the house has become a challenge,” he said.

“I just want people to understand that joking about disability is not OK. People who are disabled shouldn’t have to change to fit into society.”

One of the incidents happened in Windham Road, Bournemouth, when a group of young people laughed at him as he walked home from the shops using a crutch.

“I went back to them to say ‘You’re committing a hate crime and it’s wrong’ and three of them ran away," he told the Daily Echo.

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He subsequently met two of the same group in Kings Park. “I heard them make a squeaky voice and say ‘Ooh, we made a hate crime’. They were joking about the fact that they had broken the law,” he said.

On another occasion, Chandy was laughed at in Holdenhurst Road by people who “thought I was intoxicated”. And on a visit to London, people called out to ask him why he was not “walking properly”.

Chandy, who is doing an MA in human rights and global ethics with Leicester University, does freelance work speaking about disability at schools, colleges and universities.

“Disability can be a hard thing to understand but there are 14million people in the UK that live with a disability so it’s all around,” he said.

“I do talk about my lived experience and the things that have happened in the past but this has given me a bit more clarity on what I need to be doing and how I need to be talking about disability.

“My mental health hasn’t been great because of it but it’s also given me motivation.”

Chandy said recent experiences had taken him back to school days, when he was called “Tumour Boy”.

“I always joke in my talks that it sounds like an Avengers character that didn’t quite make the final cut. I can joke about it and laugh but I don’t think I could have done that when I was a kid. Things remain in my head,” he said.

He said the reaction to his social media posts had been "really heart-warming".

“The reaction has been really heart-warming. It’s made me feel change is possible but it’s going to take a long time,” he added.