Focus on your assets
Emeritus professor of development disabilities Roy McConkey learns more from examining success than investigating failure
Growing up in North Belfast, two boys with learning disabilities were part of our Boys’ Brigade company. When studying psychology, I started to understand their difficulties better and did my undergraduate research project with pupils who had mild learning difficulties. A summer spent as a counsellor at a US camp for people with disabilities further confirmed a decision to undertake research into what was then called ‘mental handicap’.
Learning Disability Practice. 20, 5, 16-16. doi: 10.7748/ldp.20.5.16.s19