Jo Atrill

Writer, teacher and mum

Jo Atrill is a writer, teacher and mum. She is a passionate advocate, campaigner and spokesperson for parents of children with additional needs. She uses the classroom as a safe space for children to discuss and ask about people with disabilities, and ensures all of her schoolchildren meet and interact with her severely disabled son Alex, 13. She believes demystifying conditions and celebrating differences at an early age, will ensure greater societal inclusion for all. Mum to Alex, 13 and stepmum to Harry, 8 and Skye 6, she also houses a zoo including two dogs, two cats and a tortoise named Colin. All will be featuring in her upcoming book about her life with Alex and her children's book, Alex's Magical Dance, part of the Alex's Adventures series, featuring mainstream and differently abled children enjoying life, overcoming adversity and exploring the world together.
Life Before The Viral

Life Before The Viral Video

We married this year and Martin built a harness out of various bits of seatbelt and parachutes just so that I could have a first dance with my son on my wedding day to a song I sang to him as a bump - Coldplay's 'Yellow'. I didn't think I'd get married again, let alone dance with my beautiful yet hefty son.
06/04/2017 16:45 BST