Dylan was diagnosed as autistic just before his second birthday. He is now 20. Dylan is also diagnosed with a severe learning disability and communication ‘impairment’. Although he is sometimes described as non-verbal Dylan is becoming increasingly confident with sounds and language and has a few words which are recognisable.
Dylan attended a National Autistic Society school (The Robert Ogden) as a day pupil from 11-19 and at the moment he is transitioning into adult education and social care services.
Dylan is a sociable young man. He has a generally gentle nature, a great sense of humour and a happy outlook on life. He loves to go on holidays and trips and is passionate about the sea. Dylan’s special interests include steam trains, outdoor activities (for example cycling, walking and swimming), films and books. He loves his DVDs and videos and especially adores Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Bambi, Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine, Earthsea, Polar Express, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. His favourite books are Disney stories, Owl Babies, What is the Sun?, The Mousehole Cat and Magic Journey. Dylan has recently developed an interest in music and enjoys listening and dancing to favourite CDs. He has an eclectic taste which includes Adele (his favourite), Sting, Elvis Costello and Sophie Van Otter, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Imogen Heap and Beethoven. You can read more about Dylan’s interest in music, and listen to his playlist, in this post.