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We are very proud to say that our very own student, Robert Allcock was nominated for a 'Young Person's Resilience' award at the Above and Beyond awards this week! He is a true winner in the eyes of Nisai.
On Monday 11 February, an award ceremony was held to celebrate parents, teachers, support staff and other professionals in the UK who go ‘above and beyond’ to help exceptional young people achieve their high learning potential. The awards were hosted by Potential Plus UK, British Mensa, nasen and a few other wonderful companies. We were delighted when we heard that Robert was nominated!
Rob has a very rare neuro-muscular genetic disorder called ‘Rod Nemaline Myopathy’. His physical needs are of the highest order. He breathes through a tracheostomy attached to a ventilator. Robert requires 24/7 care all the time. His physical condition means that Robert is very weak and is also deaf in one ear which is a side effect from being attached to the continuous noise of the ventilator.
Robert is unable to move apart from one finger which he operates to control his wheelchair but requires someone to place his finger on it. Robert has a sclerosis of the spine which means he is locked over to one side. He also tires very easily and is unable to mix with other children because of the high chance of getting infections which in Robert’s case is immediately life-threatening.
Despite this he has such a happy, funny and kind disposition and is extremely bright. He has such a positive outlook on life and has such determination with his learning. He achieved his L2 certificate in ITQ with us last year and is currently studying Level 2 ICT with us. Due to his condition he cannot always attend the live lessons, whether it be due to medication administration, hospital admission or that his support worker is unavailable at the times of lessons, but he always watches the lesson recordings and completes all assignments on time to such a high standard. He has achieved 100% in 12 assignments so far this academic year!
He was recently admitted to hospital and was really unwell due to infection, despite being told by student support and his support worker he was authorised from lessons and to watch recordings when he got back home and had recovered, Rob attended every live lesson from hospital. He never complains, has such drive and is just an extraordinary human being.
Rob is an absolute pleasure to talk to, such an engaging and enthusiastic learner and despite all of the barriers Rob is faced with, he is determined not to let anything stand in his way. He is a wonderful, inspirational and dedicated young man who is a true SUPERSTAR!
Rob, we are so sorry you did not win the award - but we want you to know that we are SO proud of you and you are definitely a WINNER in our eyes!