Celebrating Neurodiversity with Service Advisor, Declan
‘I feel like having a community of people creates more awareness about all types of different conditions.’
Declan is a Service Advisor based in Sky Ireland. And he shares his experiences of Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.
My name is Declan Lavin and I have DCD and Dyscalculia. I always suspected I had something different about me; I did not play sports well, and I couldn’t process numbers well, and generally failed at everything in school, especially with languages and numbers.
It was only in the last few months of 6th Year that I found out I have the combined learning difficulties of Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.
It was unfortunate that although I got on well at Secondary School, I did not get enough points to get into college. Instead, I had to do a PLC to get the required points to get into college, and then did a Media and PR degree which was very creative and allowed me to be successful in the way in which a typical degree would not, due to little exams and a lot of practical work – which benefited me.
Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia still affects me to this day. I’ve had about 15 different jobs before Sky, all of which I either left or got fired from because I couldn’t keep up. At Sky, I’m grateful to finally have a Neurodivergent network which can understand issues like this.
In terms of my support and inclusion so far at Sky; I expressed to my Team Leader from Day 1 that I have DCD + Dyscalculia, and that I might need extra help and support with things when needed.
My Team Leader has helped me use my DCD + Dyscalculia to my advantage, by helping me realise the benefits of these conditions in my regular 1-2-1 sessions – which has helped me during interviews for other jobs at Sky, and networking with other colleagues.
In terms of the Neurodivergent network; I feel like having a community of people that have different neurodivergent conditions creates more awareness about all types of different conditions. And creates an environment where no matter which type of condition you have, you are put in a position where you can succeed.
Reading stories of department heads, and people in senior positions, that have that amount of success with their neurodivergent conditions – it makes you feel better knowing that you can succeed and apply for more senior roles knowing that other people have done it before!
Overall, seeing other people from all different types of backgrounds, with different positions who have similar struggles to me, gives me hope knowing that I will be able to go into those senior positions too – and possibly even further!