What is your disability? Learning Difficulties (moderate), Epilepsy & Autism
What school did you attend? Rumworth School / Ladybridge
What college did you go to and what did you study?
I attended Bolton College and studied on the Foundation Learning and Independent Living programme.
What are you doing at the moment?
I attend Bolton College New Bury College Campus on Wednesday’s and study on Art and Independent Living courses.
I also attend the Deane & Derby campus on Tuesday’s on the IT for beginners course.
I attend the Drama and Art Programmes at Smart Enterprise on Monday’ evenings. I have achieved my Silver Level Arts Award.
How does you disability affect you everyday life?
My disability affects my independence and I always need someone with me to take me places.
I need support to attend College.
What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
I enjoy Gardening, creating Art work (colouring and drawing) and building models (airplanes, knex, Lego).
What are your aspirations for the future?
I would like to be able to do something involving gardening or artwork.
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.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. The cells in the brain, known as neurons, conduct electrical signals and communicate with each other in the brain using chemical messengers. During a seizure, there are abnormal bursts of neurons firing off electrical impulses, which can cause the brain and body to behave strangely. The severity of seizures can differ from person to person. Some people simply experience an odd feeling with no loss of awareness, or may have a “trance-like” state for a few seconds or minutes, while others lose consciousness and have convulsions.
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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