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In pictures: Seven-year-old Italian influencer challenges disability stereotypes

Updated : 2020-11-17 12:43:15

Sirio Persichetti can't speak and can't feed himself but the seven-year-old has taken the social media world by storm with his daily antics, proving that a disability is no barrier to inspiring others.

Valentina Perniciaro helps her son Sirio Persichetti, a 7-year-old Italian with spastic tetraplegia and cerebral palsy who has become an influencer by challenging perceptions of disability, with his new hearing aid during a visit to a health clinic, in Rome, Italy. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Valentina Perniciaro helps her son Sirio Persichetti, a 7-year-old Italian with spastic tetraplegia and cerebral palsy who has become an influencer by challenging perceptions of disability, with his new hearing aid during a visit to a health clinic, in Rome, Italy. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Sirio Persichetti builds a house out of lego, as his mum Valentina Perniciaro rests beside him, in Rome. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Sirio Persichetti builds a house out of lego, as his mum Valentina Perniciaro rests beside him, in Rome. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Valentina Perniciaro, wearing a protective mask, holds her son Sirio Persichetti, as they visit a health clinic to try his new hearing aid. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Valentina Perniciaro, wearing a protective mask, holds her son Sirio Persichetti, as they visit a health clinic to try his new hearing aid. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Sirio Persichetti embraces his mum Valentina Perniciaro after coming home from school. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Sirio Persichetti embraces his mum Valentina Perniciaro after coming home from school. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Sirio Persichetti drives his toy car in the front yard of his home in Rome. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
Sirio Persichetti drives his toy car in the front yard of his home in Rome. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi)
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