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|Title:||David Defeats Difficulties to do Degree.|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
|ID & Publication:||20130811038 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
‘I’m like anybody else I just do it differently!’ says David Hollyhead, a young man who has had a very difficult start in life.
David has Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), he was also found recently to be Dyslexic. But he has a terrific determination and a will to succeed and after leaving Doncaster College he is going to university to study advertising.
David, 21, is originally from Nottingham, and came to Doncaster three years ago under a local authority controlled Deprivation of Liberty order, which apply to people over the age of 18 who are in care homes or hospitals and are thought to be at risk of harm if they are not deprived of their liberty.
Part of the conditions of the order was that David attended Doncaster College. He enrolled on the Level 3 Business Programme.
David takes up the story, ‘My life has been an intense drama, like a soap opera, and my social skills were very low, I was very shy and a bit of a loner. It was difficult dealing with Aspersger’s, which I would describe as if you can imagine waking up in a foreign country and trying to speak the language and it doesn’t happen!
But I’m not the same person as I was when I came here 3 years ago.
The key was good support from my tutors and all the people that helped me, they never gave up on me and encouraged me and took an interest in what was happening outside of college…they really cared. It’s been a real group effort and I’ve been very happy to be part of the College.’
David got involved in the Gym and helping out at events at college and running the Comic Relief Sports Mile, which all helped his self esteem.
He became very noticeable around college due to his colourful wardrobe
which he says is a ‘statement about me, saying this is me take it or leave it!’
What he is really pleased with is his academic achievements,
‘I’m really pleased with what I’ve achieved academically’, said David, ‘but there are a load of challenges ahead. It’s scary going down to London to Uni but I was helped to pick the right Uni with support in place…it’s going to be hard but I know I can do it’
We wish him luck and if his steely determination is anything to go by then there can be little doubt he will succeed!
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