Welcome my name is Lucy-Ann Gibson but I like to be known as Lucy. I live in London.
I am a kind and caring person that likes to help out. I have studied multiple courses to support me with my goals. I became a member of my colleges student union and became SEND officer to support people like myself. My aims are to get a career, by taking part in the Supported Internship Program. I aim to help people, like myself, with invisible disabilities like auditory processing disorder and autism spectrum disorder. My dream job would be to support children in schools, where I have completed a work experience placement and fell in love with the job.
My life on the supported internship programme
My name is Lucy and I have invisible physical disabilities and further learning differences. This year at college I will be taking part in a course called the Supported Internship Programme. Have you ever thought about doing a supported internship programme? If you are not sure what it is about well this will tell you all about it.
What I want to do:
Supported Internship programmes are for young people that have disabilities who want to work. For me this year I want to get a job to help children with disabilities, such as becoming a SEN teaching assistant. I already have experience working in a nursery with SEND children ages from 2 to 5 years old and I loved to see them grow and develop. I have also helped some children be able to say their first words which was an amazing experience to see and see them grow to talk about other objects. In coming blogs, I hope I get more opportunities to be able to say more about disabilities and see more things happening around disabilities.
I hope employers in the future have more training in disabilities and learning difficulties, and employ more people with disabilities to show the world people with disabilities can achieve anything with the right support and prove all the doubters wrong.
Why it would be good for employers to have more disabled people on their teams
Disabled people offer unique insights into particular roles as they often have strengths in specific areas that set them apart from their non-disabled peers. Research shows that autistic people are better at tasks requiring attention to detail, recognising patterns and being able to link them enables companies to see correlations in data and ultimately make more money!
Also, having a team made up of neurodiverse and neurotypical individuals elevates the culture in the company, which in turn makes it more collaborative and boosts productivity.
Basically, it’s a win-win situation that benefits everyone.