My mum said she has seen a big change in my attitude in the last few years. I went on to St Kilian’s and it was much better. There was extra help for what I needed. This helped me to enjoy learning and now I’m in adult education. I’ve completed a Level 3 in Doras, an Advanced Advocacy Course in Cork Institute of Education and I have a gold Gaisce (President’s Award). Before the pandemic I was doing a ceramic course and I’m going to finish it when the centre opens again.
I’m in better humour. I’m happier and I have a lot of good friendships now. I found it easier to make friends in courses with others who have different abilities. They’re people I can relate to.
I’d recommend that other people with different abilities do adult learning. It would benefit you and there’s no need to be nervous. We all have a different ability and it shouldn’t get you down!
This story is Part of the Learners as Leaders activity within AONTAS’ current project ‘Adult and Community Education: Supported Learner Pathways 2020-2021’ as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning.