Employment in Northern Ireland – Katy’s story

young African American woman, Chioma Iwelumo, smiling
Chioma Iwelumo

Rooted in Rights welcomes contributions by guest authors from across the globe to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This video is brought to you by Chioma Iwelumo, a senior student at Duke University in North Carolina double majoring in Global Health and African American Studies. She worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland with the Centre for Health and Wellbeing during the summer of 2015, where she met Katy Megahey. Chioma hopes to pursue a career in health.


Employment in Northern Ireland – Katy’s Story

Featured in this is video is Katy Megahey from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a complementary therapist at The Centre for Health and Wellbeing and has been for a couple of years. Her therapies provide relief to clients suffering from physical, mental, or emotional stress. Katy has also been blind since she was in her mid-twenties. This has not stopped her from having a very successful career as a complementary therapist.

When I met Katy, I was drawn to her ambition, persistence and independence. I think you will enjoy hearing Katy telling her story and explaining how she taught those around her not to place any limits on her capabilities. Because she was not born blind, she had to learn how to live her life in a new way, but that did not mean her ambitious personality changed in any way. She focuses on her journey to become a complementary therapist and how through her current position, she found a new level of independence.