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Yowann is originally from Cornwall and has been a teacher and administrator in special education for over 35 years, including 15 years in the USA. In addition to his BA degree, he has a Diploma in Youth Work from Manchester University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from Marist College, New York. He has worked in day and boarding schools, and was Headteacher of a special boarding school for severely learning disabled students in Vermont. He was also Headteacher of The Gardner School in Washington, USA, which promoted a curriculum based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. More recently, he was Head of Learning Support at Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle.
Originally from Colorado, USA, Sharon is the mother of two children with profound disabilities. Her son, Sean (now 20) has spurred her activism on behalf on children and young people with learning and developmental disabilities for more than a decade, both in America and the UK. With a degree in journalism, she has worked in radio, cable television and banking. She created and implemented the corporate compliance programme for a major US regional bank in response to the 1995 Americans With Disabilities Act, an effort which resulted in her company winning a national award from the Easter Seal Society. In the UK, she is the former chair of the parent council of Langlands Special School in Dumfries (which was saved from closure due to parent efforts); a representative of the For Scotland’s Disabled Children Campaign; and an independent campaigner on learning disability issues. In addition, she is a demonstrator of assistive technology, provides specialist communication support for clients in the deaf community and provides electronic notetaking support for university students.