Dee: Case Study

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Dee: Case Study

  1. 1. Facilitating participation Dee’s story
  2. 2. Dee  is  17  years  old  and  is  due   to  sit  her  A-­‐levels  within  the   next  12  months.     She  is  skilled  in  using   computers  for  her  wri@en   work;  and  her  teachers  have   predicted  that  she  will  get   good  grades.   Introducing Dee
  3. 3. Introducing Dee Dee  currently  a@ends  a   residenBal  school  for   children  with  special  needs.     She  has  cerebral  palsy  and   quadriplegia.  
  4. 4. Introducing Dee She  uses  an  electric   wheelchair  for  mobility;  and   has  an  electronic  device  to   support  her  communicaBon   with  others.     She  has  a  range  of  assisBve   technology  equipment  to   support  her  needs  but  these   are  now  geEng  old.  
  5. 5. Dee and school Dee  has  enjoyed  being  at  a   residenBal  school,  and   appreciates  that  this  has  helped   her  to:   •   Achieve  her  full  academic  potenBal   •   Communicate  with  others  be@er   •   Learn  to  be  independent  within  a   home  environment   However,  Dee  feels  that  she  has   missed  out  on  many  other  areas   of  her  life  by  being  there.    
  6. 6. Dee’s plans •   Dee  is  desperate  to  achieve  her  key   goal,  which  is  to  study  at  Belfast   University  following  her  A-­‐levels.   •   Her  parents  are  keen  to  support   her,  but  are  worried  about  her  living   away  from  home  without  specialist   care  input.   •   She  wants  to  be  able  to  study  and   socialise  with  a  much  wider  range  of   people.   •   She  would  like  to  take  part  in  some   mainstream  sports  and  outdoor   pursuits,  perhaps  compeBng  with   able-­‐bodied  people.
  7. 7. Dee’s concerns Dee’s  only  worries  are  that:     •   Her  verbal  communicaBon   is  not  clear  to  most  people   outside  the  school;     •   Her  current  communicaBon   equipment  is  too  slow.  

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