Melanie O’Neil’s passions in life have, high on the list, personalisation and the use of Makaton to allow people who need help with communication so they can tell others about their wishes and dreams in life.
For eighteen years she was, mostly, the sole carer for a son with autism and epilepsy. She networks extensively with like-minded workers and public figures in the field of Learning Disability. She believes that people with any kind of disability should play a full part in their local community. The ‘Ah, bless !’ approach to disability is one she avoids like the plague !