An excellent example of how one-page profiles can empower people to achieve their goals. Philip is Autistic and has his own unique perspective on life. With the help of his one-page profile he has been able to do things that had previously worried him and is one step closer to fulfilling his life ambition; being famous!
Written by Suzanne
Philip is 26 years old. He is very witty, chatty and his biggest goal in life is to be famous! Philip is very likeable and he has an army of supporters and admirers. He makes a lasting impression on everyone he meets.
Part of his fantastic character is the fact Philip has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. His view of the world is very different to a lot of people. Philip has helped us appreciate the diversity of looking at and interpreting the world. There is no correct way to perceive our environment however, there are many ways to see the same thing and each of them may be correct if seen from the right perspective. This is what Philip does; he gives us his perspective of how he sees life.
In 2012 one of Philips greatest personal achievements was going to the Supermarket. This took a lot of planning with Philip who initiated the trip by saying that he wanted to go shopping and that if we got him a wheelchair he would go. The wheelchair makes him feel safe even though he has no physical disabilities; Philip is terrified of strangers, people and community life.
We researched several Supermarkets and approached them with Philip’s consent explaining the situation, discussing different types of wheelchairs they provide and the best times to access them. Sainsbury’s at Bishop Aukland were very helpful. We took Philip and checked out different wheelchair options. We also gave Sainsbury’s Philips one-page profile with his consent. His profile has all the important information about Philip, what is important to him, what people like and admire about him and how best to support him. This helped people at Sainsbury’s get a picture of Philip before meeting him so they had a good understanding of who he is. They all read and appreciated the information and I believe it helped them gain a deeper understanding before meeting Philip in person which undoubtedly improved his experience.
Philip goes shopping now every Tuesday. He has had his picture in the Northern Echo and a story about this achievement. He is more comfortable around people and has built a circle of friends from staff who work there. We also used the one-page profile when Philip wanted to go Horse riding. It is a good “ice Breaker” and Philip loves the fact that people know him before he has met them and it makes him less anxious. He is trying new things now and feels more confident that “the world is ready for Him”
Before producing his one-page profile, Philip only went to the moors or places where there are very few people. I can safely say that it has changed his life and he is more involved and having more new experiences than ever before.