The Dimensions Learning Leaders List 2019 finalists have been announced… and two of them are Rebecca and Peter who use SLSW services.
The Learning Leaders’ List celebrates the achievements of people with learning disabilities and autism, who are helping to make society a better place.
Rebecca was nominated for the education and work category. Since moving in with her SLSW KC Kelly Markwick, she has transformed her life.
Around 18 months ago when she moved in , Rebecca was a high dose of medication and had such a high level of need she required support in the community.
Over time, with determination, Rebecca is now off medication.
She’s also working hard at her education and is now having a the chance to read and write.
KC fought to get her into college. She’s working on speech, language and literacy and has come on leaps and bounds.
Above all, through technology, including a mobile phone and tablet Rebecca’s life has improved greatly.
She now listens to audio books and uses a Fitbit to stay healthy (and has lost 5.5 stone). Rebecca can also use Alexa – speech recognition information device. She asks Alexa what the weather will be like and dependent on the answer will make a decision about what clothes to wear.
Rebecca has also increased her sense of independence and can now walk independently. She can also catch a bus on her own.
Read more about Rebecca’s story on Devon Live
The Learning Leaders List awards recognised Peter for his commitment to working at his local supermarket.
He has worked for 15 years in Waitrose in Holsworthy and recently received a long service award.
He was also responsible for fundraising for Shared Lives South West and nominated us for the store’s coin token scheme.
A judging panel will now go through the entries. The final List with all the Leaders’ stories will be published on December 3, which is International Day of Disabled Persons.
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