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Amy Cockerill

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What is your disability? Autism and a Learning Difficulty

What school did you attend? I went to Turton High School

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

I went to Bolton College and studied Catering.

I then attended Bury College 2013-2014 and studied NVQ Level 2 in Hospitality Services.

What are you doing at the moment?

I work as an Office Assistant at Ladderstore Ltd on Tuesday afternoons.

I attend Smart Enterprise where I have achieved my Bronze Level 1 Arts Award.

How does you disability affect you everyday life?

I have to take medication daily.

What are you favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I enjoy Girl Guides, Bowling, and the Cinema.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to work in the Catering Industry.

I would like to work as a waitress so I can meet people.

Disability Definitions

Autism

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism
www.autism.org.uk
www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/autism


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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_disability
www.rcn.org.uk

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