Jessica Burke attended Enable Ireland Children’s Services in Galway until she was 16 years old. Since then she qualified with a BA, MSc and MA in Clinical Neuroscience and Psychology and has recently returned to the service she attended as a child to work as an Assistant Psychologist.
“I have Cerebral Palsy and when I was around 2 I was referred to Enable Ireland Children’s Services in Galway. I remember going to the pre-school there and having so much fun! I remained with the service until I was 16 and during that time I went to Enable Ireland for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy. I especially liked the summer camps and the summer BBQs. These were always family events where I could go with my older sister and younger brother. That was really important to me and it made the service a very homely place.
The biggest impact that Enable Ireland had on my life was to encourage my independence. I never felt that I couldn’t achieve a goal that I set for myself. Enable Ireland were always behind me, encouraging me to have my say in my life, to have my own voice. I never felt that my disability would get in the way of achieving my goals.