montage of people with varying disabilities

FAQ - Getting involved as an individual

How can we get involved as an individual?

  • If you have a disability, you may contribute your story.
  • Whether or not you have a disability
    • If you are a writer, you may write a story provided by a contributor.
    • If you are a reader, you may proofread parts of the book.
    • If you are an illustrator, you may illustrate the book.
    • If you are an editor, you may edit the book.

What if I have a disorder, rather than a disability? e.g.  Autism or Aspergers disorder

The book is partly about the challenges individuals have with their health, so we welcome people with disorders, as well as having a disability.  Sites such as the "Autism Society of Maine" state that "Autism is a developmental disability...", while other sites state a disorder is not a disability.  We will stay out of the debate, and welcome people with disorders, as well as disabilities, to be involved with the book project.

Why get involved as an individual?

To join a motivated team, to work together to achieve a common goal.  Contributors will share their life story, and those performing other roles, will show off their skills and be proud of what they have achieved, as well as sharing in the proceeds of the book.

What if the individual with the disability has communication limitations?

Someone else may contribute e.g.  a parent or care giver

Do individuals get paid?

People taking part will share the proceeds of the book.  Both John and Terri, as the project managers, will donate their share of the proceeds to two organisations that they believe contributed significantly to the project.

Are the funds we receive counted as taxable income?

We cannot provide taxation advice, and we recommend you talk to your accountant.

What guidelines exist for the writers?

They will be determined between the editor and the  project managers, with input from the writers.  The goal is to make it as simple as possible for all team members.

Are there any limitations on the types of disabilities for inclusion in the book?

Absolutely not!!!

Which disabilities will be in the book?

The Australian National Disability Services website provides ten different classifications of disability, and we would love to see all ten in the book.  They are...

  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Acquired
  • Neurological
  • Deafblind
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Speech
  • Psychiatric
  • Developmental delay

I have a disability which makes it difficult to take part, what help will I get?

As both John and Terri have a network of people who help us, those wishing to contribute should call upon their network of helpers.  The helpers may be care workers, friends, families or organisations.  An author will write your story and will work closely withthose who know you well, to ensure your story is accurate, authentic and inspirational.

Do I need to be a Christian to take part, as both Terri and John are Christians?

No.  We welcome people of all religions to be involved, as well as those who don't identify with any particular religion.

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