Katie is the Co-founder and Chair of the award winning charity 1Voice – Communicating Together. 1Voice support families with disabled young people who use alternative communication aids. 1Voice now has 7 branches across the country and brings together families to network, share ideas and information through events and activities. 1Voice has also worked with campaigns to support people who use AAC in partnership with Scope and the Communication Trust around the recent Bercow Report.
Katie also founded Calderdale Parent and Carers Council which has been instrumental in shaping parent participation around the country and has developed innovative ways of working and engaging with families. Katie designed and led many projects that have been recognised at national level as good practice. She was Yorkshire and Humber representative on the National Network of Parent Carer Forum Task Group in 2010-2011. Katie has worked over the last 7 years to establish other parent forums around the country offering training and development work to forums. She now is working for Contact a Family as a trainer and a Parent Associate.
Over the years Katie has trained both parents and professionals and designed courses based on the social model of disability and person centred thinking. Her way of teaching is based on the Humanist Theory and she now enjoys delivering training on Social Work and Youth and Community Work degree courses. Katie is currently designing a training package for families aimed at building on resilience and inner strength with the aim of having a day out together as a family rather than a traditional short break.
Katie has worked strategically locally, regionally and nationally on various issues relating to families with disabled children and has a creative way of looking at the world and how families relate to services. Katie is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Katie’s favourite role is being the proud mother of 6 children aged between 21 and 13 years. Being the mum of a young disabled adult has given Katie a deep insight into the world of disability and has been the driving force in her work to make a difference to the lives of other families