Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs

I’m an autistic, disabled researcher-storyteller. I work as a disability researcher and Disability Equality Trainer.

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My research skills are in participatory, user-led and storytelling research. My PhD research involved working with the stories of disabled members of faith communities. I also have experience of research with disabled children. I currently work as a qualitative researcher for a non-profit organisation.


I have experience as a trainer, 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 philosophy that DET should be led by disabled people ourselves. I deliver training in a range of settings, in both the public and private sectors. Past clients have included the Institute of Education, Aurora Care, charities and religious organisations.


Participatory and activist research is all about stories – archiving them, sharing them, and learning what they can teach us about people and society. I’m also a lifelong writer and storyteller, both on the page and in performance.

I am based in London.