Focus on your assets
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Focus on your assets

Emeritus professor of development disabilities Roy McConkey learns more from examining success than investigating failure

Why did you embark on a career in learning disability?

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

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