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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

Simultaneously, I work as a Disability Member of the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber sitting on disability benefit tribunals on an ad hoc basis.

As a writer I specialise in writing about disability and health.

My articles have been published in the Guardian, Times, OUCH! [BBC disability website], Disability Now, Broadcast, Lifestyle [Motability magazine], The Practising Midwife, 'Junior, Pregnancy & Baby', Writers' News, Able, Getting There [Transport for London magazine], Junior, Community Care, DPPi [Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International]. I have also had articles commissioned by Daily Mail.

For more information about me and for examples of my writing please see below.

If you would like me to write an article for your publication, about any aspect of disability, please do get in touch:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Children's book about disability...

I've written a non-fiction book about disability primarily for teachers teaching 7-11 year olds.

About 2 years ago I sent it off to several publishers, some replied saying it didn't fit into their current lists, others didn't even respond. Now with several house moves and a house renovation out of the way I've decided to revisit the idea and send it off to a few more publishers.

Although there are some teaching resources about disability they are either quite old or along the lines that disability is 'special'. I'm hoping my book is different - it is based on the social model of disability [where barriers in society present more of a problem to disabled people than their disability per se] and it includes lots of excercises to engage children and generate interest, insight and knowledge.

If children understand and accept disability that would be such a huge step towards eradicating poor attitudes and discrimination towards disabled people in later life.

The trouble is that disability is hardly the glamourous, wacky, trendy subject that publishers really want but I know there is a need for this I've just got to find the right publisher who can see there is something in this... Any publisher suggestions would be welcomed!