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We asked Liam Dowling from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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  Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Hint: St. Michael's House

Up until about 5th year in secondary school I hadn't even heard of Occupational Therapy. It was at that stage in school when people were making decisions about what college courses they wanted to apply for.

I started looking up various courses and reading about different careers. I knew I wanted to work with people and I had a particular interest in the caring professions. I started ruling out courses for different reasons. I kept on coming back to Occupational Therapy but could not find much information on it. A friend of my sisters had recently qualified as an Occupational Therapist. She gave me information on the course and more details of the actual job. She helped me confirm that this was a career that I would enjoy.


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