Special needs - Milligan's message

30th January 2009 at 00:00

Two Glasgow teachers have teamed up to write and illustrate a children's book where the main characters have a disability.

Shay Wilson and Edmere Mackie, who work part-time at Langlands School for primary-aged children with complex needs, were motivated by an increasing awareness of a lack of stories or books where the main characters had additional support needs.

The result was Meeting Milligan - a story about Jamie, who cannot walk, Shabana, who cannot speak, and Milligan, an alien from the planet Milgos, who comes to earth and learns about his new friends' disabilities.

Shay, who has been writing stories for children's magazines for several years, said: "We felt that there were not any children's story books in the curriculum which featured a main character with a disability. It was important to stress that just because you have a disability does not mean you can't help others. Our hope is that the book will help all children understand each other better."

Edmere, a retired art teacher who teaches art and craftwork, said: "This is the first time I have used my skills to illustrate a children's book."

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today