Jack, ALS’s very own therapy dog at work

We’d like to share some thougths from two students who work with our ALS tutor Carolyn and Jack. Both these students wanted to share their unique experiences of meeting Jack.

Jack and AmyAmy,  Media Production: “I  have a big fear of dogs, but can cope with Jack the therapy dog at uni, been really stressed and sitting with him helped escape everything”

 

 

 

 

Annika, Forensic Biology:

“I am not a dog person but if you meet Jack you will be! A passive, non- threatening little furry friend who waits for you to approach him. He doesn’t bark or jump up. He has a bed in the office where you will find him lying in, or on the floor having a leisurely stroll- up and down the corridor. He is a special needs dog and his expert training is very prevalent.
He doesn’t judge you but just ‘is’ ; in case you need some comfort, calmness or distraction. I really recommend everyone to go and visit him.
At home I’m a cat person. At University I’m a dog person!!
Thank you”

Good job, Jack, keep up the good work!

 

 

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Autism: the value of supported employment | Network Autism

Read this article written by Thomas Madar, a consultant with Auticon, an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business that exclusively employs autistic adults. Here, Thomas shares his experience of employment and how good autism support has been crucial in helping him finding and staying in work.

http://network.autism.org.uk/knowledge/insight-opinion/autism-value-supported-employment#.WldVr-S37xw.email

 

Thanks to Steevie for sharing this with us.

Is self employment: the better option for people with disabilites?

Thanks to Chris and our Careers Team @ BU for this relevant website & blog about the employment progress made with the increasing number of people with disabilities setting up their own businesses and entering self-employment.

Self-employment offers obvious advantages for many people with disabilities. This is becoming increasingly self-evident as the number of disabled entrepreneurs increases and their achievements are becoming more widely known and celebrated.

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Find out more at this link, and you could sign up to their newsletter:
http://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/self-employment-better-option-people-disabilities/

 

 

Supporting Dementia Charity Just Giving

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It is with sadness that we are writing about this particular charity for personal reasons. We’ve been recently made aware that a former colleague in ALS, Anne-Marie has been diagnosed with dementia.  Anne-Marie’s daughter Cecily is doing the Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and writes very movingly about her mother.

You can help Cecily Child raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page –

https://www.justgiving.com/mw218595?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=mw218595&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=P4kaNGZez.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer’s Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!