“I am really enjoying my course at Middlesbrough College. I am currently on placement at Autism Matters, working as part of the reception team.
“Autism Matters is a charity that supports young autistic adults within their new centre. They provide social activities and a base for learning life skills, as well as a safe haven to be able to mix and socialise with like minded people.
“During my placement I have developed my employability skills within an office environment. My duties include answering the telephone, customer service, keeping the working environment clean and tidy, preparing the facilities for activities and making sure the space is Covid safe for users and visitors.
“I would definitely recommend studying the Supported Internship programme as it has allowed me to improve my workplace skills.
“The College and staff always do their best to support me, especially throughout this difficult pandemic. They always offer alternative ways to learn and develop skills”
Work Coach Supervisor Jon Lee said: “Deanna has performed everything that has been asked of her whilst on her placement, she is punctual, friendly and conversational. She has shown a positive attitude throughout the experience and appears to be enjoying her responsibilities.
“Her reception duties have allowed her to interact with people and technology and her confidence has grown week by week.
“The placement has been a positive experience for both of us. We have acted like as a little team, approaching tasks together.”
Anna Taylor the Director at Autism Matters said: “Deanna has been an excellent addition to our team, she has fitted in straight away and is always willing to help out in any way she can.”