Andrew Smith


What is your disability? Down Syndrome and Learning Difficulty

What school did you attend? Rumworth School

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

I went to Bolton College and I studied Retail. I worked in the College Shop selling refreshments whilst on the course.

hat are you doing at the moment?

I work at Lord Street Community Primary School as a Caretakers Assistant. I help with a variety of jobs including cleaning and litter picking.

I attend the Drama Group at Smart Enterprise.

How does your disability affect your everyday life?

I need support in some of the things I do. I also cannot travel independently.

What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I like watching soaps on the TV.

I play games on the Playstation.

I enjoy watching Harry Potter DVDs.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to spend more time with my family going on holiday.

I want to continue to work at Lord Street Community School as a Caretakers Assistant.

Disability Definitions

Waardenburg Syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome is a group of genetic conditions that can cause hearing loss and changes in colouring (pigmentation) of the hair, skin, and eyes. Although most people with Warrensburg syndrome have normal hearing, moderate to profound hearing loss can occur in one or both ears. The hearing loss is present from birth (congenital). People with this condition often have very pale blue eyes or different coloured eyes, such as one blue eye and one brown eye. Sometimes one eye has segments of two different colours. Distinctive hair colouring (such as a patch of white hair or hair that prematurely turns grey) is another common sign of the condition. The features of Waardenburg syndrome vary among affected individuals, even among people in the same family.


Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is the most common and readily identifiable chromosomal condition associated with intellectual disabilities. It is caused by a chromosomal abnormality: for some unknown reason, an accident in cell development results in 47 instead of the usual 46 chromosomes. This extra chromosome changes the orderly development of the body and brain. In most cases, the diagnosis of Down syndrome is made according to results from a chromosome test administered shortly after birth.


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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