What is your disability? I have a Learning Disability and Autism
What school did you attend? I attended Smithills School
What are you doing at the moment?
I recently attended Smart Enterprise and studied on the Creative Programme Course. I achieved a number of AQA Awards including Art and Design, Business/Key skills and Enterprise Skills.
I have a support worker that takes me out every week visiting places such as the Cinema and Bowling.
How does your disability affect your everyday life?
I cannot travel independently and I need support to complete everyday tasks.
What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
I have an interest in cars and collect posters of different types of cars.
What are your aspirations for the future?
I want to continue being support by my worker as it gives me the opportunity to visit places and take part in Leisure activities which I really enjoy.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
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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