Build­ing skills to achieve more in daily life

Warwick Daily News - - CAREERS - Q&A with Ali­cia Fi­dock, spe­cial­ist ser­vices man­ager, Cara

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ROLE OF DEVEL­OP­MEN­TAL EDUCATOR?

I was ex­plor­ing univer­sity de­grees when I dis­cov­ered the devel­op­men­tal educator de­gree.

When I re­searched what it in­volved, I loved its fo­cus on sup­port­ing peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity to build their skills, ex­pe­ri­ences and live a life of choice and op­por­tu­nity.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?

I love sup­port­ing a team of 11 devel­op­men­tal ed­u­ca­tors as they work closely with Cara’s cus­tomers – chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­ity – to tai­lor strate­gies and re­sources, which sup­port our cus­tomers to achieve their goals. It’s so re­ward­ing to see cus­tomers reach­ing their goals like im­prov­ing their re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple around them and see­ing them achieve more in their day-to-day life.

WHAT QUAL­I­FI­CA­TIONS DO YOU HAVE?

A Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied Science (Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties), now known as the Bach­e­lor of Dis­abil­ity and Devel­op­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion, a Grad­u­ate Diploma Health Science (Par­ent Ed­u­ca­tion and Coun­selling) and Mas­ter of So­cial Pol­icy and Plan­ning.

WHAT ARE THE WORK HOURS LIKE?

The hours must be flex­i­ble to suit the needs of our cus­tomers.

We have some DEs work­ing full-time and some work­ing part-time and there is some out-of-hours work so we can fit in with our cus­tomers and their fam­i­lies

and sup­port net­work.

WHAT TASKS DO YOU EN­JOY MOST?

I love work­ing with the team to de­velop cus­tomised vis­ual re­sources such as so­cial sto­ries. The re­sources are tai­lored to each cus­tomer so they can share it and use it to re­spond to change – changes like ev­ery­day tasks such as go­ing to the doc­tor, right up to life-defin­ing mo­ments like mov­ing house. I made one my­self re­cently, to help a cus­tomer with catch­ing pub­lic trans­port. Also, per­son­ally, I find lam­i­nat­ing quite sat­is­fy­ing.

WHAT TASKS AREN’T YOUR CUP OF TEA?

Driv­ing – I can’t wait for the ar­rival of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles – not least be­cause of the in­creased in­de­pen­dence they po­ten­tially her­ald for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

Photo: Jo-Anna Robin­son

SUP­PORT­IVE TEAM: Devel­op­men­tal ed­u­ca­tors Jane Huscroft, Deb­bie Knowles and Ali­cia Fi­dock, with vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion aides and sen­sory re­sources.

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