June 2nd, 2012

Irish Daily Mail Article By Ben Haugh


FOR a little girl growing up with spina bifida, it's hard to always be the odd one out.

So rather than having to keep explaining herself, six-year-old Chloe O'Sullivan decided to write a book - creating a fantasy story about a fairy with a disability.

The Fairy Who Was Different follows the adventures of Chloe, a beautiful young fairy who was born with a clipped wing that leaves her unable to fly. And according to proud dad Con, the story reflects his daughter's life in many ways - Chloe requires the assistance of a splint on her left leg, and her fairy has to rely on a similar device.

And the book seems to be a hit. Chloe, from Farranfore, Co. Kerry, held a book signing where she joined by her senior infant classmates from Knockaderry school. She even happily signed copies of her book, which sold out just minutes after going on sale.

Sean Scally from Enable Ireland said: 'It's the first time I've read a children's book that deals with the Issue of disability in a way that children understand.'

Chloe attends Enable Ireland Kerry Services and all money raised will help provide services for children and adults with physical disabilities in Kerry

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