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Haverhill mayor shows support for college’s work with autistic students

Haverhill mayor Pat Hanlon, his wife Chris, Christian Clarke and Rhian King with Moving into Work students at West Suffolk College

Haverhill mayor Pat Hanlon, his wife Chris, Christian Clarke and Rhian King with Moving into Work students at West Suffolk College

Haverhill’s mayor Pat Hanlon visited West Suffolk College to find out for himself how it is helping students with autism.

Mr Hanlon, who is chairman of the Haverhill Autism Support Group, spent part of last Wednesday (16) at the college’s School of Foundation Studies in a bid to learn more about how it helps students with learning disabilities, and autism in particular.

He was accompanied by his wife Chris and Christian Clarke, a member of the Haverhill support group.

Mr Hanlon sat in on a Moving into Work class with Foundation Studies lecturer Rhian King, watched a presentation by the students and took part in a group discussion about the students’ educational experience at school and in college.

After the visit Mr Hanlon said: “Thank you for letting us come and see what you and your staff are doing in helping these students to live a life that they deserve.

“People like you make the students feel as though they can live independently and I would like to thank you and your staff for all that you do.”

During his visit Mr Hanlon also took questions from students about his job and his role as chairman of the Haverhill Autism Support Group.

 

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