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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I have worked as an occupational therapist within the field of adults with learning disabilities since 1999. During this time I have used ICT technology as part of my clinical practice. One of the main benefits of ICT for my profession is that it has the potential to increase the accessibility of information for people so that they are better informed about their occupational therapy assessments and interventions. I have used ICT throughout the occupational therapy process, from using photos to support people to ;give informed consent, setting goals, and through intervention sessions, through to creating accessible reports so that people are aware of the clinical information which is stored about them.
Through the development of ICT, and of my understanding of the developmental stages of communication, I have seen people with learning disabilities become more involved in not only the direct clinical work that I undertake, but also now in my role as service manager in the development of clinical services and clinical pathways.
ICT has also been part of our wider work as a department in sharing information about our services through our website and service leaflets. We have also been part of multi-agency projects that support the inclusion of adults with learning disabilities within projects (the outcomes of which are about community participation and personal safety) in formats that are easy for them to understand.
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