Originally from Swadlincote in Derbyshire, England, Simon joined UNC in 2014. Simon has worked in disability support services since 1991 and most recently before coming to UNC, (2003 - 2014) he was the Director of Access SUMMIT, a center he helped establish through funding from the Department of Education while at The Manchester Metropolitan University as the Disability Coordinator. Access SUMMIT is a large, interdisciplinary support center for students with disabilities based at The University of Manchester, U.K. managing 'needs assessments', assistive technology training and personal support services (study coaching, notetaking etc) for 3000+ students in post-secondary education in the North West of England.
Simon also has a background in assistive technology and alternative and augmentative communication having worked as Senior Development and Training Officer at The ACE Centre North, one of the few U.K. national centers of excellence in this field.
Simon is a psychology graduate of the University of Sheffield, has a teaching certificate from Sheffield Hallam University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Language and Communication Impairments in Children (University of Sheffield).
Memberships -NCAhead, Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education