Disabled Student Diaries update: Lee
20th September 2010
In candid videos and diaries they expressed their feelings about starting new courses, independent living and socialising.
Lee has Aspergers and Tourette syndromes and, when we first met him, he was looking forward to proving his independence. The following film was made last summer, before he started ...
It has been a year since I started at Bristol University. I’ve done things I never thought I would – from selling toasties with the Christian Union to eating out with a group of deaf Czech people.
I’ve found that my Aspergers and Tourettes haven’t been a problem at university. In fact, during lectures my tics diminish and my friends aren’t fazed anyway. We all go clubbing regularly – people may wonder how I am doing that as I am autistic – but I am used to it and it’s a regular thing. We have fun dancing, or in my case signing, to the latest hits.
During the year via the University I have become more involved with the deaf community and been to a few events with them. They are a close-knit and friendly group and people I’ve met have recognised me from my BSL videos on youtube and from BBC Ouch.
Unfortunately we learned in May that the BSc in Deaf Studies will be closed down in 2013 due to financial issues and some staff are being made redundant. We’ve had protests, launched a petition, made the issue known internationally and been on the news. Thankfully, I’ll still be able to continue my studies and finish the course. I achieved a 2.1 in my first year and that means I can carry on into the second and work towards becoming an interpreter after that.
Outside university, I’m still creating my BSL songs on youtube and I am going to continue teaching myself mandarin. I also want to take up drawing again.
I can safely say I don’t regret going to Bristol and I am looking forward to two more years there.
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