My name is Oliver Mills. I am an artist and poet. I have cerebral palsy with complex communication needs and use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) which is a speech generating device with digital voice using audio scanning.
I use a Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display Communication Book (PODD) to write poetry. I have a poetry mentor and teacher to assist me with my writing. My speech pathologist, Janelle Sampson, designed a special communication book to make writing poetry easier for me.
I have published three books. My latest book, 'Snapshot', is a collection of poems about my life. I received a grant from the Richard Llewellyn Disability Arts Trust to help me write it.
My art is also very important to me. Working with my art teacher and mentor Hans Kreiner, I use purpose built equipment and modified methods to assist with brush strokes. I love working with acrylics, crayons and textures.
My artworks have been commissioned and sold, and my poems have been commended in writing competitions.