26 January 2014
With the right
support, you can achieve anything – that’s the belief of a former Oaklands student who recently graduated from university.
Lennon, 26, from Potter’s Bar, has high-functioning autism, something that
teachers at his secondary school struggled to understand.
really understand me or the support I needed in order to progress and I didn’t
know what I was going to do when I finished school,” said Jonathon, who left
school with three GCSEs.
school, Jonathon chose to study IT at Oaklands, followed by a BTEC National Diploma in Interactive Media at the St Albans Campus, so he could develop
himself as a creative computer user.
Oaklands because I knew that it provided a positive learning environment for
students with disabilities. My tutors were very sympathetic to my needs and
recognised the support I needed to be able to do well,” said Jonathon.
flourished at Oaklands, and went on to become a Student Representative, where
he actively worked with the College to find solutions to issues of his fellow
Worker Ela Nisbet also worked with Jonathon to make sure he was able to
experience being in a work place.
supported Jonathon throughout his studies at Oaklands said: “I am really
pleased to see that Jonathon is doing so well. He is a delightful young man and
deserves this success. It really goes to
show that if someone has the right level of support, they can reach their
potential and do whatever they want to do.”
on to study at the University of Hertfordshire and completed a Degree in Interactive Media Design. He was recently given his first paid assignment by
charity Disability Rights UK, who asked him to do some photography for their
new publication Into Further Education,
a guide for young disabled people looking to study Further Education. Jonathan
also features in the publication as a case study.
set me up well for university. With their help and support, I began to believe
that I was capable of going to university and doing well,” said Jonathon.