Rudy's story

Rudy is a young man with severe learning disabilities and complex health needs that include SMEI (Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy in Infancy) and a rare neurological condition known as Dravet Syndrome.

Rudy is a gentle natured and sociable. He loves to be around other people but can be very boisterous. He needs 2:1 support at all times because he has no awareness of danger, enormous amounts of energy and loves to be active. He requires close and constant supervision to ensure his safety and that of those around him.

Initially, when Rudy was 11 years of age, Step-A-Side was asked to provide outreach support to enable him to go on fun activities and to offer his family short breaks. Utilising experienced carers, we helped Rudy have fun: swimming, youth clubs, soft play, watching go-karting, walks in the country.  

It was clear to Rudy’s family that he was being supported by people who genuinely cared for him – people determined to maximize his opportunities. He was being kept active, having fun and he was safe. 

In 2012, confident of our quality of care, Rudy’s parents requested he additionally have short residential breaks with us (6 nights per month).

We have been constantly thrilled with the outstanding support Step-A-Side have given to Rudy and our family. The Step-A-Side setting and it’s very professional and caring staff are unashamedly part of Rudy’s extended family.

Anne & Rick