Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds BSc. (Hons)

Rosie is a disabled businesswoman and equality campaigner. Happily married with one son, her interests and hobbies are many and varied.

Rosie formed the RMS Disability Issues Consultancy in 1995 to deliver quality training in the field of Disability Issues and Equality.

In June 2007, Rosie completed and published her autobiography – Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes. It was re-published in 2009, and the story continues through Rosie’s monthly blog at Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes: Fascinating, illustrated, inspirational, beautifully written true story, about a woman born without limbs as a result of Thalidomide, interspersed with the factual history surrounding this contentious drug. Rosaleen, a strong willed daughter, wife, mother and respected businesswoman, born into an Irish immigrant family, writes about her life and the journey of Thalidomide from Nazi Germany to now. The artwork for the book cover simply comes from a photograph taken of Rosaleen with her favourite doll when she was 2 years old.

Rosie is a TV and Radio Broadcaster. During 2012 she presented four programmes called ‘Rosie’s World’ and hopes to be commissioned again by BBC Radio Wales, to present a new series of ‘Rosie’s World’.

Having recently diversified into acting, her latest venture has been with the Unusual Stage School in a unique version of Aristophanes’ Greek comedy ‘The Birds’.

A keen photogropher, Rosie has always been fascinated by photography in the way you can capture a precious moment in time or an object of beauty or interest. She used to have to rely on other people to set the camera up on a tripod and help her align it, so she could then click – frustratingly Rosie would often miss ‘the moment’! However, she designed and a clever man made an automated tripod to attach the camera to her wheelchair so she can take photographs totally independently.

Passionate about Art, Rosie was delighted to be accepted into the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association in December 2012, the first disabled Artist in South Wales to do so.

Although an eloquent, passionate and entertaining ‘inspirational speaker’, Rosie says that the only thing to keep her quiet is painting. This is purely because she has to hold the paintbrush in her mouth!

Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds

Holder of the Owain Glyndwr Seren Award 2011

Author – Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes – ISBN – 9781438942995

Radio & Television Broadcaster

Member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association (MFPA)

And Proprietor of RMS Disability Issues Consultancy

E-mail: [email protected]

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Twitter: @RosieMS



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