Mary Kealy – Occupational Therapist
Experience: Mary qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1976 and worked in a number of positions with the Brothers of Charity Galway until her appointment in 1999 as Chief Executive with the Brothers of Charity in Co Clare. Mary went on to lead a radical change in how support is provided to people with Intellectual Disability from living and working in congregated, segregated settings to being given the opportunity to live a valued and meaningful life in local community and getting the chance to have a home of one’s own.
Having acquired a masters in Training and Development from the University of Limerick in 1998 Mary became interested in Social Role Valorisation (SRV) a theory of practice in human services developed by Dr Wolf Wolfensberger and upon retiring from the Brothers of Charity in 2012 went on to study it in depth. She established an Irish Study Group of SRV three years ago and has worked with a number of Internationally acclaimed consultants and trainers.
Mary joined the Vita House team in February this year and since then has been engaged with agencies who are interested in service reform and supporting change so that people can have access to the good things of life.
Works With: individuals, families, organisations and professionals in community and across human services.
Client age range: Children, Adolescents, Adults and Families