Bachelor of Human Services
A year studying at Griffith University’s Logan campus proved a personal and professional milestone for Aaron Bailey, and he is now putting his Bachelor of Human Services degree to valuable use in Canada.
Aaron came to Griffith via a transfer agreement with his Canadian college and now works at Queen's University in Kingston as part of its Regional Assessment and Resource Centre.
“We engage with Year 7-9 and 11-12 students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and students who are on the autism spectrum,” Aaron said.
“We help them transition from elementary school to high school and from high school to post-secondary. I also helped develop and create a transition resource guide to help students with disabilities transition into post-secondary institutions in Ontario”.
It’s rewarding work and Aaron comes to it with a wisdom born of his own experience with learning disabilities, including ADHD and a severe problem with basic numeration affecting his mathematical skills that almost curtailed his education.
“I didn’t know how I was going to get through high school, let alone go on to university,” he said.
“However, once I was diagnosed - after going through the same facility that now employs me - I learned more about my condition, learned what was possible and immediately set my sights on greater things.
“To see the transformation in students as they gain a better understanding of their own disability, understand their rights and responsibilities and especially the extent of the opportunities before them, I won’t lie, I’ve cried. It’s truly wonderful.
“Griffith was so important in teaching me and supporting me. It’s helped me make my way personally and professionally.”