Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs

Naomi storytelling at the 2019 Culture Access disability arts festival. Cr: Howard Jones.

I’m an autistic, disabled researcher-storyteller and Disability Equality Trainer.


My research skills are in participatory, user-led and storytelling research. My PhD research looked at the stories of disabled Christians. I also have experience of research with disabled children. I am currently working as a researcher for a network of churches.


I’m a qualified trainer, and have worked as a teacher in the Further Education sector and a lecturer in Higher Education. I was trained to deliver Disability Equality Training at Essex Coalition of Disabled People, following the principle that DET should be led by disabled people ourselves. I deliver training in both the public and private sectors. Past clients have included the Institute of Education, charities and religious organisations.


Participatory and activist research is all about stories and what we can learn from them about people and society. I’m also a writer and storyteller, on the page and in performance.

I am based in London.