A. My name is Alison Doherty and I live in Carndonagh Co-Donegal. I have two wonderful boys Ryan 10 and Dillion 7. My interests include Irish Dancing, Walking and Zumba.
A. I am founder of the Donegal Dyspraxia support group since March 2018. I often attended meetings in Dublin with Dyspraxia Ireland and have met lots of new people there. I run talks to raise awareness of Dyspraxia DCD in our Education system and Healthcare system, and tell my story. I speak to lots of parents and teachers and offer my support to them. I ran activities in co with Donegal Sports Partnership such as fundamentals, a cycling programme and Brixx Lego Club. These were a great hit with the parents and children.
A. I decided to become a volunteer as the awareness of Dyspraxia in Donegal was not there. I believe it’s the pathway my son Ryan led me to after his diagnosis. I wanted to learn more and I think it’s very important to take a great interest in Dyspraxia and important to become more educated in it.
A. The Best part of being a volunteer is talking to other parents, engaging with them and having a greater understanding and listening to their stories. Also hearing about the great strengths and interests our children have, what they have achieved and will achieve in the future.
A. Yes I think it’s good to become a volunteer to get advice and ideas from other volunteers, as they show a great understanding to each of us. It leaves me feeling very inspired and thankful to connect with such a great group of parents.