BBC, AMI audio, St Wilfrids Hospice, East Sussex County Council, DWP.
Fern’s passion for life, fierce resilience and determination to meet every challenge is infectious. Combining this with her belief that the strength we need to achieve our aspirations lays in our own hands makes Fern a magnet for positive change.
Fern draws on her rollercoaster life of exhilarating highs and crushing lows, telling her story of being born with a severe visual impairment and becoming blind by her early twenties. At the age of 19, Fern stepped outside her comfort zone by taking an exchange programme to Western Carolina University USA to study Communication for 3 years, finally moving to Michigan to work in a commercial radio station before returning to the UK.
Fern has met devastating discrimination, ruthless rejection and faced the challenges of crippling anorexia, multiple eye operations, deteriorating eyesight and thoughts of suicide but believes that through vulnerability comes strength. The knowledge she has gained now inspires her to reach out to others. From someone who once did everything she could to hide her disability, Fern now speaks openly about her sight loss and the effect it has had on her life, believing that sometimes the thing we most want to hide can become our greatest asset.
Although Fern does not have sight, she has incredible vision. She has the ability to touch others in an engaging and lasting way. People are moved by her honesty, inspired by her words and charmed by her sense of humour. She provides lots of answers but also raises many questions that make her hard to forget.
Now a BBC broadcaster and TEDx speaker, Fern also delivers keynote speeches and disability awareness training. Fern’s message of education over confrontation works across the board, but can also be personalised to fit your particular event’s needs.
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