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News: Mum of young man with autism prais­es the Col­lege and local charity

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Linda and Duncan Jones
Linda and Duncan Jones

A West Bridg­ford mum-of-two has praised two Not­ting­ham organ­i­sa­tions for the work they have done with her autis­tic son Duncan. 

Lin­da Jones has spent 16 years as a spe­cial­ist teacher for young chil­dren with autism. She has seen her son progress so much over the last year, that she is thank­ing both char­i­ty Autism East Mid­lands and Not­ting­ham Col­lege, for the sup­port they have giv­en 21-year-old Dun­can. The two organ­i­sa­tions have helped him over­come his pre­vi­ous dif­fi­cul­ties and start to enjoy new experiences.

In the past, Dun­can found cer­tain every­day things very dif­fi­cult. For exam­ple, he is not very relaxed around ani­mals, and has always strug­gled with air trav­el. He has also been intro­vert­ed and iso­lat­ed in the past. Since par­tic­i­pat­ing in day activ­i­ties and hol­i­days with Autism East Mid­lands, and attend­ing Not­ting­ham College’s Sta­ple­ford cam­pus for a Sup­port­ed Learn­ing course, Dun­can has pro­gressed so much that he can now expe­ri­ence many more things.

Autism East Mid­lands pro­vide help and sup­port to fam­i­lies and indi­vid­u­als affect­ed by autism from across Not­ting­hamshire and beyond, and have been work­ing with Dun­can for more than six years. 

Lin­da ran a sup­port group for par­ents of chil­dren with autism for 15 years.

She said:

Dun­can used to find air trav­el upset­ting as he just want­ed to run up and down the aisle the whole time. We did­n’t fly for years after he screamed all the way to Por­tu­gal and back! Autism East Mid­lands have resolved this issue, as he’s flown with them to Flori­da, Gran Canaria, Fuerteven­tu­ra and Spain! Now we can fly with him, and have done for the last two years.”

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Duncan learning to overcome his nervousness with animals in Florida.

At Not­ting­ham Col­lege, staff in the Sup­port­ed Learn­ing team have worked with Dun­can to help him com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers and to bring him out of his shell. 

Dun­can loves Col­lege and he’s come on in leaps and bounds this year. I can’t praise Dee Edwards at Not­ting­ham Col­lege enough for all she’s done for Dun­can, and the sup­port and com­mu­ni­ca­tion which I need and appre­ci­ate. His demeanour has changed from an intro­vert­ed, iso­lat­ed child into a hap­py, more talk­a­tive and some­times mis­chie­vous young man. 

 — Lin­da Jones

Autism East Mid­lands were so impressed with Duncan’s progress over the last year, that they pre­sent­ed him with their Young Per­son of the Year Award at a cer­e­mo­ny ear­li­er this sum­mer, as part of the charity’s 50th birth­day celebrations. 

Dun­can is a delight­ful young man that has grown in both con­fi­dence and inde­pen­dence over the last few years. He is always a plea­sure to have around and is always hap­py to take on new challenges. 

 — Dawn Franklin, Head of Chil­dren’s Flex­i­ble Ser­vices at Autism East Midlands
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Duncan with his award

Dun­can has real­ly pro­gressed over the past year with us, and has start­ed to show his cheeky side which is won­der­ful to see. 

We’re so pleased with the steps we have made togeth­er. We’ve been able to help him explore new foods and he’s shown a cre­ative side both in craft and IT sessions. 

 — Dee Edwards, Lec­tur­er at Not­ting­ham College

Dun­can is now con­tin­u­ing on his Sup­port­ed Learn­ing pro­gramme at Not­ting­ham Col­lege. He also took on the chal­lenge of climb­ing Snow­don on 29 Sep­tem­ber, as part of a group of 50 peo­ple with autism who are rais­ing mon­ey for Autism East Midlands.

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The Snowdon climb
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  • 1st October 2018 (3:37 PM)
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