Joseph Burke

Joseph Burke

What is your disability? I have an Hearing Impairment (Waadenburg Syndrome) and a Learning Difficulty.

What school did you attend? I attended Rumworth School, Bolton.

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

I attended Bolton College and have studied on a number of courses. Including ICT Skills for Life, Working Together in Retail, Catering and Certificate in British Sign Language.

Do you do any volunteering or work experience?

I have previously had work experienced placements at Asda in Farnworth and at McDonalds at Johnson Fold.

What are you doing at the moment?

I am attending Smart Enterprise on the Drama Programme and studying for my Bronze Level Arts Award.

How does your disability affect your everyday life?

I struggle at times with my hearing impairment and I lip read when in Conversations with other people.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to have a creative career, such as writing crime and horror stories for a living.

What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I like shopping, bowling, cinema, parties, travelling, music, horror films writing crime stories.

Disability Definitions

Hearing impairment/Deafness

Hearing impairment or hard of hearing or deafness refers to conditions in which individuals are fully or partially unable to detect or perceive at least some frequencies of sound which can typically be heard by most people. Hearing loss is caused by many factors, including: genetics, age, exposure to noise, illness, chemicals and physical trauma. Deafness is defined as a degree of impairment such that a person is unable to understand speech even in the presence of amplification. In profound deafness, even the loudest sounds produced by an audiometer (an instrument used to measure hearing by producing pure tone sounds through a range of frequencies) may not be detected. In total deafness, no sounds at all, regardless of amplification or method of production, are heard.

Hearing loss. (2015, May 16). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:42, May 20, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hearing_loss&oldid=662664415

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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