Day 12 – March 4, 2015 Another bright, sunny and very icy day! Journeyed into …
Day 19 – March 11, 2015
I met Jayne Leeson at the Meadows Sports College, a school in Dudley, for children with a variety of special needs. The school has an enrolment of about 130 and has just engaged Changing Our Lives to conduct what is called “Community Mapping” – a process for producing a Person Centred Plan for selected young people.
Today was the second visit and five young people between the ages of 14 and 18 were ‘interviewed’ – Danny (autistic); Paddy (Downs Syndrome); Cameron (learning disability); Sarah and Chloe (twins) (learning disabilities).
The youngsters were accompanied by their care-giver or parents and I was truly amazed at 1) the level of support that is provided by those at home 2) the multiple intelligences of the youngsters and 3) the patience and dedication of the team from the school (especially Denise and Sophie both speech therapists) and Jayne and Carol, from Changing Our Lives.
Through the Community Mapping Process, all important aspects of the youngster’s personality, behaviour and interests/skills are “mapped” and this forms a life-long profile which is used as a platform to build goals to assist in developing their independence, including possible employment. A software programme, currently still under construction, will produce a visual ‘map’ of each individual.
I learnt also that the school uses NLP to assist their employees in setting personal and professional goals/plans and it is also used within the context of the students’ development … more anon! There is much that can be shared with Jamaican organizations that work with the disabled community and further links will certainly be explored!
After the 40 minute taxi ride back home, I decided to walk to the nearby Cottridge Park on the way to the home of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Bourneville. Unfortunately, the factory and shops were closed by the time I got there, but I certainly had a good walk!!