Aaron Kearsley


What is your disability? Autism

What school did you attend? St. Josephs RC High School

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

I went to Bolton College and I studied Art and Design BTEC 1st Diploma. Then I went on to study BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design.

What are you doing at the moment?

I am on the Bolton Employability programme. I have a placement at Bolton Royal Hospital, Bolton Science and Technology Centre and Assembly Solutions Ltd.

I am a mentor at Smart Enterprise and I have achieved my Bronze Level Arts Award whilst at Smart Enterprise.

How does your disability affect your everyday life?

I sometimes find it hard to socialise.

What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I enjoy train spotting and researching the history of steam trains.

Photography and Art.

I play football every week for AFC Masters in Bolton.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like a job in animation as I enjoy Art so much.

Disability Definitions

High-functioning Autism

High-functioning autism (HFA) is a term applied to people with autism who are deemed to be cognitively “higher functioning” (with an IQ of greater than 70) than other people with autism. Individuals with HFA or Asperger syndrome exhibit deficits in areas of communication, emotion recognition and expression, and social interaction. The amount of overlap between HFA and Asperger syndrome is disputed. While most researchers agree that the two are distinct diagnostic entities, others argue that they are indistinguishable.


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