©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland – 21st September 2013
Mandatory Credit – Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
Rose of Tralee contestant Jean Daly (26) who had a horse riding accident when she was 17. Originally from Carrigaline in Cork Jean is the Antrim Rose and lives in Parkgate, Templepatrick.
My name is Jean Daly and I am a researcher. I have a degree in Psychology and two Masters of Science. I work for the Cedar Foundation on a European project called BackHome that is developing Brain Computer Interface Systems (BNCI) for people who live with complex neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury to use in their own home. BNCI are state of the art systems that enable people to operate computers and technologies using only their brain waves.
I have extensive research experience within the fields of health care, disability, assistive technology, user participation, mental health and social inclusion with various populations including professionals, people with disabilities and people with severe mental illness.
I give a number of guest lectures in University College Dublin and University of Ulster on the topics of disability, lifespan, and electronic assistive technology. I also teach on the undergraduate Occupational Therapy degree course in University of Ulster on wheelchair provision and the importance of seeing all aspects of a person within services.
I live in county Antrim, I regularly holiday, I travel around Europe for work and I enjoy sports like tennis and basketball for leisure. I am also an ambassador for a wheelchair company called RGK, I sit on the board of an international company called Kanchi and I was the 2013 Antrim Rose of Tralee. When I was seventeen years of age I fell of my horse at an international competition and from May the 2nd 2004 I have been a wheelchair user.