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Meet Owen Callanan

Owen Callanan
Owen Callanan - Dublin

I do a photography course with other people in the resource centre. We exhibited our pieces at an art exhibition in June 2012.

No-one in Park House is seen for their disability. There is no judgement here.

I feel comfortable that I am surrounded by people who understand what I have gone through and am going through.

Owen's Handiwork
Owen's Handiwork

Time for a Cuppa!
Time for a Cuppa!

Day Trip Transport
Day Trip Transport

Photography Class
Photography Class

My name is Owen and I attend the Park House Day Activity Centre in Stillorgan in South Dublin. I had an accident on my bike in 1995 and I got a brain injury. I was in a coma for three months and then spent six months in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. The careers officer there referred me to Park House for social reasons. That was March 1997 and I have been attending since.

I get picked up at 9.30am three times a week (Monday, Thursday and Friday). I come in and have some breakfast and chat with other people who attend the centre. On a Thursday, I do a photography course with other people in the centre. We exhibited our pieces at an art exhibition in June 2012. I helped to frame some of the pieces.

I like helping out in the centre. I like doing odd jobs. Some Thursdays we go shopping. I attend Park House for the social life. I like talking to people and hearing their stories. My sense of humour about my accident has got me through.

I don’t need an awful lot of assistance but staff help me when I need it. I feel comfortable enough to ask. I find the staff would do anything for me and are very supportive of me. No-one in Park House is seen for their disability. We also help each other and don’t feel like we need to know what disabilty each person has – we are just ourselves. There is no judgement here. I am what I am. I feel comfortable that I am surrounded by people who understand what I have gone through and am going through.

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