We recently came across this blog post about an incredible charity, and the work of some equally incredible students from Westhill Academy, Aberdeenshire. Presenting in front of any audience is a challenge, but if you can speak with enthusiasm, passion and knowledge you’ve got it cracked.
Terrified to Give a Presentation…
You’ve been asked to give a presentation – imagine the event – you’re shaking, your mouth is dry, you’re suffering severe memory loss – the stuff of nightmares…
Picture the scene again and you are a teenager at school, giving a presentation, with two other pupils, on your favourite charity, to teachers, parents and your peers, on the stage in the school hall – and you are autistic….
At Westhill Academy last week, three autistic teenagers enthused about ‘Appaws for Autism’ a charity which trains assistance/therapy dogs for adults and children with ASD. This event was part of a programme called YPI, sponsored by the Wood Foundation. They really impressed the audience and the judges with their passion for the charity and clever use of IT.
Assistance/therapy dogs help autistic children and adults to socialize, be more independent and access services. They can keep them safe and are a comfort to them when they are stressed. It’s a very worthwhile cause.
Talk about your passion – if these guys can do it – so can you!! To quote the charity’s slogan – ‘Be your own kind of wonderful’.
Original blog post by Elaine Manley
Picture by Fraser Band