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Profile: Matthew Kayne

My name is Matthew Kayne. I am 23 and a half. I’ve been studying at Southgate for five years. Before I came to Southgate College I was in a special college with young disabled people like me and I really liked it there.
I am studying AS Applied ICT. Last year I did my first AS Applied ICT. That will get me two A levels.
I have support in taking my notes, I dictate to my support worker and I have support with my personal care. All staff and students have been really helpful and supportive. From day one I felt really welcome and they sorted out all my needs to help me to study well and get my grades.
Life outside of studying
Outside of my study, I do a bit of DJ work and I meet with friends. I like going to the pub, and I like meeting with new people.
The highlights and challenges of college life
My best challenge was coming to a mainstream college because it taught me how to meet with able-bodied people and teach them that I’m in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t affect my brain.
Work experience
When on my work experience, when I went there, no one was there to see me. The manager was off sick, and I told them what I need and I looked at the building to see if it was accessible. To cut a long story short, in the end, it fell through because they didn’t have the right access into the building and that made me so annoyed and upset because I feel that they got my hopes up and then they said no, and that is not right.
Deciding to come to college
I got a lot of information from Southgate. They gave me leaflets and advised what to apply for, and also I got more information from the Connexions Officer.
Plans for the future
My plan is to go to Middlesex Uni, to do a foundation degree in Networking and ICT support, then I would like to get my full degree. When I’ve finished that, I would like to be a web designer.
Getting ready for university
I got a lot of information from Christine (Aimhigher London North), she’s been a big help to me. Last year I went to a three-day summer school where I got an information course from different people, had a look round the library, and that was really good to see what university is really like.
Meeting ambassadors has been really good, and it’s helped me a lot to see what university life is like and meeting Matthew, that’s been really great and I hope we can keep in touch.
A message for young disabled people
I would recommend that everyone needs to think about what they want to do, what university they want to go to, and start applying. Go for it!
[Posted 11th May 2007]

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