When Saeed was just three years old, he was involved in a serious road traffic accident. His accident resulted in a traumatic brain injury which led to right-side hemiplegia, visual impairment, learning difficulties and epilepsy.
ILS’s Catherine Williams has worked with Saeed and his family since he was eight. She started as his occupational therapist, and when his legal case settled approximately five years ago, Saeed was referred to ILS case management.
Saeed’s case management services have covered all manner of support for him and his family. When Saeed was 16, Catherine encouraged him to set his own goals for his rehabilitation (a process which ILS rehabilitation solutions now use as an everyday tool for clients). This helped him to identify other leisure activities that he could become involved in, including cricket and pursuing his love of cooking.
As Saeed grew into a young man, Catherine has helped to support him and his family through his transition between educational facilities, providing housing adaptations to his family home enabling him to be more independent, and the recruitment of support-workers to carry out his on-going rehabilitation. Recruitment of the right support-workers has been essential to Saeed’s recovery and development. Saeed also has a very close link with his Physiotherapist, which has been pivotal in promoting his fitness, wellbeing and outdoor interests.
Saeed attended the National Star College, an Ofsted-outstanding specialist college and charitable organisation which works to support the ambitions of young people with disabilities. The NSC played an inspirational role in Saeed’s development. Saeed’s passion and skill for cricket has reached an incredible stage, as he plays for the Gloucestershire disabled cricket team, a truly phenomenal achievement. The NSC covered this in their news page here.
Now 21 years old, Saeed completed a final year at College, studying Employability Skills and securing a part-time volunteer position in a local National Trust café. He also volunteers in the café at Gympanzees, a new organisation prompting inclusive physical activity in Bristol.
Saeed has a full diary, with his support workers enabling him to attend sports clubs, successfully complete his work placements, expand his functional maths and literacy skills and develop his independent living skills further.
Saeed’s future plans are to develop his involvement in the catering business and to live with support in his own home. Enabling Saeed to make choices and decisions about his life continues to be the emphasis for the person-centred planning approach used in ILS Case Management.