Jamie Love is 17. With support from staff at Scope’s Craig Y Parc School in Wales and the right technology, he’s getting the skills he’ll need to live independently when he grows up. Here Jamie talks about how these skills have transformed his life.
“The fact that I can tell you my story at all shows what amazing stuff this school can do. When I first came here, I couldn’t even tell my left and right. Before, I wasn’t very awake or alert. I was a bit dead really. I didn’t feel like I was part of the world. Now everything’s changed. Now, I feel I can do anything. Not quite invincible, but not far off!
The staff say it like it is – they never talk down to me because I’m disabled. I need to know what it’s like to get on in the real world, when I leave school. They are helping me to focus and prepare myself for work and the future. They teach me to be patient. I used to be bad at asking people for help. But now, if I can’t do something on my own, I take a deep breath and ask someone to help me. The special technology here is amazing. It’s all adapted, so anyone can use it, whatever their disability. The world of technology is constantly changing. I need to keep up with it; otherwise I’ll be out in the cold.
I do voice recognition software training every Tuesday and Thursday. The software doesn’t know you immediately, it has to pick up your accent and learn who you are.
It’s going to make life so much easier. I can write but sometimes I have to ask people to help me and that gets annoying. I use a keyboard but it’s very taxing on my mind, because I have to concentrate harder than most people. With the software, all the thoughts in my head will be translated to paper, without me having to write."
Payroll donations mean we’re able to match assistive technology such as communication devices to the needs of disabled young people so they can live independently and reach their full potential.