Jade Kirkman


What is your disability? I am partially sighted and have a learning difficulty

What school did you attend? I attended George Tomlinson School

What college did you go to and what did you study?

I attended Bolton College and studied on a number of courses including Level 1 and Level 2 BTEC Art & Design.  I have also achieved my Bronze Level Arts Award.

Do you do any volunteering or work experience?

I have previously undertaken Volunteer placements at the Shelter Charity Shop and the Lads and Girls Club Charity Shop in Bolton Town Centre.

What are you doing at the moment?

I am attending Smart Enterprise on the Drama programme. I also attend Pikes Lane Social/Activity group twice a week.

How does your disability affect your everyday life?

I find it difficult to complete detailed work. I find it hard to find work and volunteering opportunities that will accommodate my visual impairment. However I cope with most situations in my life and manage to achieve
my goals.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to become a painter or freelance artist in the future.

What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I enjoy listening to music. Going to the Cinema and Bowling.

Disability Definitions

Visually Impaired

Visual impairment (or vision impairment) is a decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means, such as glasses or medication. Eye disorders which can lead to visual impairments can include retinal degeneration, albinism, cataracts, glaucoma, muscular problems that result in visual disturbances, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, congenital disorders, and infection. Visual impairment can also be caused by brain and nerve disorders, in which case it is usually termed cortical visual impairment.


Learning Disability

A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe. Some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves, but take a bit longer than usual to learn new skills. Others may not be able to communicate at all and have more than one disability
The unknown factor is the disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive and process information. This disorder can make it problematic for a person to learn as quickly or in the same way as someone who is not affected by a learning disability.


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