It’s Scottish Learning Disability Week and this week Young Scot will be sharing some stories from young people with learning disabilities in Scotland!
Tom volunteers at a coffee bar, cleaning tables, serving people and making drinks etc. He also volunteers selling fruit and vegetables at his local community centre.
Which young Scot inspires you?
My friend Kevin is a young Scot and he inspires me because he is very good at baking. We are very close friends, best friends. We have lots of fun together and share many memories.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I moved to Scotland from England when I was 10 years old, my family wanted a better life for us all. I was in a mainstream school in England and the school did not have a support network suitable for me. When I moved to Scotland I was thrilled when I started the Anna Ritchie School as they had so much knowledge and support available for me. This was a wonderful environment for me and offered me lots of support. PE was one of my favourite subjects, especially the swimming.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I am very passionate about music. I like to listen to music very loud and older people might not like this. I am partially deaf so I have to listen to music very loudly. I love listening to music with my headphones on, I feel I am in my own little world, a world of music that I love. Music is my world. I especially love musicals, soundtracks and dance.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I am very proud of my performance skills. I am a great dancer, singer, drummer and actor. I have achieved some qualifications which makes me very proud of myself.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to go to New York City and sing. This is my dream- I wish to go on stage and perform. I really hope to do this one day.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
DON’T STOP BELIEVING AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!!!!
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