With the right support everyone coming out of an ATU should be able to lead the life they choose. Scott Watkin BEM gave a powerful testimony on BBC Breakfast about the importance of belief in people’s ability to fulfill their aspirations and potential.

My teacher told me I would never get a job, never live independently and never have a family. I have since broken down every one of these barriers and am living proof of what can be achieved with the right support.

Scott was awarded The British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours List in 2017 for his services to learning disabilities. In the new year he will begin his new role as Head of Engagement with SeeAbility as the first person with a learning disability on our leadership team, responsible for ensuring the people we support have a voice internally and externally and for helping them become leaders. We’re hoping they will become the next generation of influencers, helping make society more inclusive so that more people with learning disabilities and autism can, like Scott, lead happy and independent lives.  

Pictured (left to right): Lisa Hopkins SeeAbility CEO, Jeremy (Bethany's Dad) and Scott Watkin BEM.