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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 18th May 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

Here at NCW we offer all students an extended core curriculum timetable. This means that assistive technology, Braille, emotional and social support, ILS and mobility are timetabled lessons for students. At NCW we value the importance of developing these skills - they underpin the educational package the college offers. Staff support the students’ individual needs and work on ensuring that each student learns how to use their functional vision, perfects technics with low vision aids and uses a range of tools to access lessons.Specialist staff help guide and develop personalised strategies and lessons which apply and expand student skills within a safe, supported environment. It is crucial that the students want to practise these skills and are given the opportunity to do so.

Money, braille, washing up

Achievement and success are different for each person. The achievement of our Paralympians in the last Olympics shows that anything is possible with these three words: dream, support and perseverance. Having a goal to work towards gives focus. Athletes train every day and have strict programs of training. They dedicate hours to physical training and preparing psychologically. They also have a dedicated coach and support team who are experts in their field who have coached others and know how to work with someone to help them achieve their goals.

Independent Living Skills are for life and the methods used will adapt and develop with different environments and circumstances. I believe the key to success is to practise. Here at NCW there is the facility to learn with skilled supportive staff within the school day, in a way that relates to mainstream curriculum. Learners have the opportunity to practise these skills within a caring environment where skills can be perfected before taking them out into the world.

Thomas Edison said that our greatest weakness is giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time – let us give our learners and children the opportunities to keep trying one more time.

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