Dale is a young man who knows all about overcoming personal challenges to beat the odds. After a premature birth Dale received a diagnosis of autism at 18 months, which led doctors to predict his life would be restricted...but Dale had other plans.

Around the age of five, while still non-verbal, it was discovered by chance that he could play music.

In spite of his diagnosis, Dale has since used his unwavering talent for music to rewrite his future and teach others what you can achieve when you live positively.

Making a difference

In just a few years, Dale has made an impact on his local community by taking part in a rooftop charity concert, organised by Dale's music tutor Christopher Edwards from the Instrument Factory, as well as helping to run a music group for other young people supported by MacIntyre. Not only this, but Dale has also entertained at care homes for the elderly, played with the Police Symphony Orchestra and has met his musical heroes, Herman's Hermits.

However, Dale's success hasn't come without challenges.

Dale's family said:

"We believe that Dale has achieved a great deal in changing perceptions surrounding people who live with life long challenges and even though he will never live a fully independent life, he will continue to show others that people like himself live very happy and fulfilled lives and still do good work in the community for the benefit of others.

We thought it would be lovely to see an individual with learning disabilities nominated. Rather than select the music category, we thought we would nominate him for 'Inspirational Man' based upon overcoming many of his own personal challenges over the years, his progress in communication, learning and last but not least for the joy he brings to others."

Michael, who supports Dale at MacIntyre said:

"Dale has made great strides in his communication and social skills, he is a confident talented young man with an amazing attitude to life. He has absolute perfect pitch and a dedication to music, playing: the ukulele, banjo, accordion, electric bagpipes, drums, harmonica and many other instruments but piano is his forte. He has overcome challenges to do the things he loves and is teaching us all how to live positively, follow your passion and make a difference."

Vote for Dale!

If you would like to vote for Dale to win the Inspirational Man award at the Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards 2020, please visit: https://www.mkinspirationawards.co.uk/voting

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