When people think about publishing, they tend to think about content, and assume that the technology challenges in publishing are about transferring the printed page to screen. For many consumer publishing businesses such as newspapers, magazines and trade books this is mostly true, but in science and education publishing the challenges are much greater as we are increasingly in the software business.
It is an age old stereotype that vocational learning is a last resort for those who have failed academically, a 'plan b' for when exams go wrong and options are limited. As with all stereotypes it is oversimplified and damaging. Putting people in boxes, labelling them one thing or the other is wrong and calling a child 'too clever' for vocational education is no exception.
Do not be afraid to do many, many drafts. Although I admit that I do not like editing my essays most of the time, I completed at least 10 drafts for my personal statement. It is, after all, a precious document where the Admissions Officers can truly get to know you in addition to skimming through the long list of your grades, achievements, awards, and leadership roles.
The problem is in that everyone wants to be on some committee or to be an editor for a newspaper or to produce their own play, thus there is huge competition between students for places. Many of the committee positions that are available require a gruelling interview process, sometimes involving two rounds, and for one particular committee I was interviewed by no less that 15 people at once
Of course the current situation for disabled people is not perfect, and I have made it my life's work to play my part in improving matters in any way I can. But if we forget to celebrate our achievements and the sheer wonders that now exist for many disabled people, then we can not move forward, remaining stuck in our own resentment.
Leave school, go to college/university, find job in that chosen field, totter up that career ladder, receive pension, retire playing golf, making soup and joining a bridge club. This is what schools drill into us since our first times tables test, and when you don't take this path, you feel like you're on the whacky races with no guidance pit stops and a worrying lack of financial fuel.
When I was young I was probably like a lot of kids, - not really sure what science was, why it was important, and disengaged. I've since learned that science is one of the most engaging, inspiring and creative subjects on the curriculum. It's the part of the school day when the entire universe enters the classroom and young people have the chance to not only learn about the world we live in but also the challenges we face in the future...