Case Study

Case Study - Colin

Case Study - Colin

“At 19 I had a stroke, I thought my career in Finance was over but with support from Cedar, the university and my work placement I’ve achieved a degree and a full time job!”Praesent Inc

Colin was in his second year of a Finance degree when he had a stroke. The impact of the stroke meant that he had difficulties with his vision, decreased stamina and difficulties with his memory.

Colin was referred to Cedar Brain Injury Team for support to complete his second year exams necessary for him to start his work placement year and to provide ongoing support to assist him to complete his work placement year and to finish his degree.

During his initial stages with Cedar it was clear that Colin was anxious about the work he needed to do to be ready for upcoming exams, having missed 3 exams during his illness and having 1 exam to repeat.

Colin was supported to prepare for his exams by designing a study planner that would provide focus for study and incorporate breaks to manage difficulties with fatigue. His Key Worker also liaised with Disability Services at the university to arrange study support from an advisor with expertise in Finance.

Colin is covered that he was only permitted to sit two of the exams in September and the other two in January and this was a problem because he had to have passed all of his exams before starting his work placement in September.

Following discussion with Colin, referral agent, university and work placement provider, it was agreed that Colin would start the placement in September on a part time voluntary basis and build up his attendance to full time by January when all the exams would be completed.

During this period Colin was supported by Cedar to practise strategies to minimise difficulties with stamina and memory. The work placement providers was also supported to raise their awareness of brain injury through training and to risk assess the premises to minimise problems relating to Colin’s vision. The phased integration into the work placement was monitored carefully so that issues with stamina did not impact on his work.

The phased integration was successful and Colin started paid work placement in January after passing his exams. Cedar continued to support Colin and employer during the work placement period, arranging regular work reviews. Feedback was constructive but Colin needed no additional support because he was managing his activity and using his strategies well.

In preparation for returning to university, Cedar supported Colin to contact course co-ordinator to request his timetable for the final year in advance and to discuss his learning support needs with the universities Disability Services. The advance timetable was beneficial in supporting Colin to plan for assignments and study to maximise his success. Colin continued to use the planner to manage his time throughout the year. Colin was also granted study support by the university.

Colin’s work placement was so successful that he was offered full time employment on completion of his degree.

Colin achieved 2:1 BSc in Finance (Hons) and returned to his work placement as a full time employee.