Our good friend Tomás Murphy has written some of his thoughts on living in the time of Covid – 19 and trying to understand our new way of life at present. Tomás has worked as a researcher on a number of projects in Inclusion Ireland and is a proud graduate of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disability. Tomás has represented Trinity at conferences as far off as the USA. At present Tomás works in A & L Goodbody a large legal firm in Dublin.
Here is Tomás’ blog on living in the time of Covid -19 (Coronavirus)
Like everyone Coronavirus can be very scary to understand but for people with disabilities it can be even more scary to understand.
My Name is Tomás Murphy and I am going to tell you of my experiences of Lockdown, understanding Coronavirus, and getting back to work after lockdown.

Understanding Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a virus that can kill people, for people with disabilities that can be not easy to understand I Think and as someone with a disability that there should be more easy to read information for people with disabilities, it was great that during this time that Inclusion Ireland put information together about Coronavirus so people who have disabilities can understand what Coronavirus is. Thanks to inclusion Ireland for this information.

Like everyone lockdown is hard, but it is a lot harder if one has a disability.

Life in lockdown is not easy you are thinking how am I going to keep busy. Here are some tips in how to keep busy.

  • Get up early and have your breakfast.
  • Go out for a run or cycle
  • Do jobs around the house like cleaning up or sorting out things out.
  • Pick up a book and do some reading
  • That’s just some of the stuff that keeps me busy in lockdown.
  • Going back to work after lockdown

For everyone going back to work after lockdown can be a bit worrying for people, But for people with disabilities ! it can be even more scary going back to work after lock down. Here are some tips in going back to work after lockdown.

1. The work place should have an easy to read booklet with photos of the changes in the office and a step by step guide of how to go about your work ,the rules put in place in the office to keep yourself and other people in the office safe.

2. Before the office/ work place opens back up organise with your department head if you can come into the office and have a look at the changes in the office.

3. Ask if you can get help getting back to work.

4. When your back at work take your time doing your job.
If everyone has their own way of dealing with things, go with them.
Thanks for reading my thoughts on Coronavirus

Tomás Murphy

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