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.
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, was assigned as his Case Manager.
Saeed’s case management support from ILS has embraced all manner of things for him and his family. When Saeed was 16, Catherine encouraged him to set his own goals for his ongoing rehabilitation progression. This helped him to identify a number of enjoyable leisure activities that he could become involved in, including cricket and pursuing his love of cooking.
As Saeed has grown into adulthood, 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 facilitate 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, who 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 impressive level, and he plays for the Gloucestershire disabled cricket team, a truly phenomenal achievement. The NSC covered this in their news page here.
Saeed went on to complete his 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 charity promoting inclusive physical activity for children and young people 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.