#35 | Harry Conway and Fay Dunn: Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland
In this informative episode of Sparking Change, Dil is joined by Harry Conway and Fay Dunn of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia in the UK and Ireland, is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland aims to raise awareness of the disorder in Ireland, create a better understanding of the difficulties people with it and their families face, and endeavour to ensure adequate resources are available to support the needs of people living with it, such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy and psychological support.
Harry has been involved with the organisation since 2000. Originally working as a volunteer, he took over as CEO in 2011. Harry has overall responsibility for the delivery, development and management of all supports and services within the organisation.
Fay is their helpline coordinator.. After struggling with school, and things such as writing and bike-riding, Fay was diagnosed with dyspraxia at 14 years of age.
In this episode, Dil, Harry and Fay discuss the awareness (or lack thereof) of dyspraxia in Ireland, the difficulties in diagnosis, and Fay’s experience of growing up with undiagnosed disorder: what she struggled with, what was the turning point for her, and what has helped her in dealing with the condition. They also discuss the initiatives that are in place, such as activities and support groups.
Get in touch by email at [email protected], or phone 01 8747085.