In 2003, at the age of 58, Larry O’Bryan emigrated from Bath in Avon UK to live in Kilrush, Co. Clare in the west of Ireland.
He describes himself as Autistic AKA Artist and uses painting, poetry, repetitive phrases and facilitated communication (pointing at letters on a typing board with support) to powerful effect.
Through his support agency, the Brothers of Charity (Clare) he has created his own support network. He found a place to live, interviewed his own staff and moved on to his own rural retreat.
Once he lived in a big institution. Now he lives a life where all the key choices are made by him.
Family, friends, supporters and learning disability experts were invited to contribute to a book, Time with Larry, and answered two main questions ... "What has Larry taught you?" and "What can we learn from Larry's struggle to make his dream come true?"
The presentation includes a short film of recorded interviews for the book by National Self-Advocacy rep Joe McGrath and a PowerPoint presentation of the key ideas of Larry's success story.
Questions and answers with Larry and four of his supporters.
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