Rachel Swift


What is your disability? Dyspraxia, Moderate Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment.

What school did you attend? Sharples High School

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

I went to Myerscough College where I studied Intermediate Animal Care and gained a First Diploma in Animal Care.

I then went to Bolton Council and studied Retail.

What are you doing at the moment?

I work at Stanrose Kennels and Cattery. My job includes helping out with the dogs and walking them.

I attend Smart Enterprise and have achieved a Bronze Level 1 Arts Award.

How does you disability affect you everyday life?

I struggle at times washing and brushing my hair, to know the right amount of pressure to use when writing cleaning teeth etc, co-ordination which is left and right understanding fully what people say and finding the correct response. I have to make sure I have my shoes on the correct feet.

What are you favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I enjoy Horse Riding, Zumba, Gym, Shopping, and the Cinema.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am very happy with my life at the moment and want to continue with everything I am doing.

Disability Definitions


Dyspraxia is a common disorder that affects movement and co-ordination. It is also known as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD). Dyspraxia/DCD is often spotted at a young age but there may be many adults with dyspraxia who remain undiagnosed. Dyspraxia affects co-ordination skills such as tasks requiring balance, kicking and throwing a ball and fine motor skills (such as writing or using small objects carefully) in children and adults. It is a condition that will last for life.


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.



Speech and Language Impairment
Speech and language impairment are basic categories that might be drawn in issues of communication involve hearing, speech, language, and fluency.

A speech impairment is characterised by difficulty in articulation of words. Examples include stuttering or problems producing particular sounds. Articulation refers to the sounds, syllables, and phonology produced by the individual. Voice, however, may refer to the characteristics of the sounds produced specifically, the pitch, quality, and intensity of the sound. Often, fluency will also be considered a category under speech, encompassing the characteristics of rhythm, rate, and emphasis of the sound produced.

A language impairment is a specific impairment in understanding and sharing thoughts and ideas, i.e. a disorder that involves the processing of linguistic information. Problems that may be experienced can involve the form of language, including grammar, morphology, syntax; and the functional aspects of language, including semantics and pragmatics.

Speech and language impairment. (2015, March 31). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:33, May 20, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Speech_and_language_impairment&oldid=654413208

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