Please read our Frequently Asked Questions, and if your question hasn't been answered, please contact us.

What is this website about?

To share the exciting news about a new book project and to keep people updated about the progress of the book.

What is the book?

A non-fiction compilation of around 250 pages, of 25 encouraging and honest stories of those facing life with a disability or a disorder.

Why the book?

After reading over 20 books about living with a disability, John considered they were not sharing how the disability affected their lives, and unless you were already famous, you had little chance of being published. The book will “Encourage people with a disability, and increase the knowledge and understanding of disability in the community”.

Why is the book named “eighteen point five”?

We had to choose an initial name. If you take the "dis" out of "disabilities", you are left with "abilities".  The book will celebrate those who have come to terms with their disability, and now they are focused on their ability. The actual title of the book will be determined by the publisher. We love the name 'eighteen point five', as 18.5% of the population have a disability or disorder.

What experience do you have in running projects?

John has extensive experience running projects in such organisations as Origin Energy and SA Police, and would have continued this work, but had an accident, which forced him out of paid employment.

What experience do you have in running a book project?

None.  John had zero experience with a disability before his accident, and now he is an expert. :-)  The team has a goal, and are motivated, and are capable, and the "how" will come to us, as we proceed towards the final product.

What are your privacy policies?

We value your confidential information and the privacy policy can be viewed here.

Which disabilities are in the book?

The Australian National Disability Services website provides ten different classifications of disability, and we include all ten in the book.  They are...

  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Acquired
  • Neurological
  • Deafblind
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Speech
  • Psychiatric
  • Developmental delay

Can you tell me when the book will be published?

Around mid-August 2020.We are now raising funds for self-publishing and require sponsors. Can you help us?

Will the cover as displayed on this site be used for the final product?

No.  We needed to show a book cover simply to show we are producing a book.

What is the current stage of the project?

We have 25 stories that have been written, edited and proofread. Our manuscript is now available for self-publishing. We require sponsors and ask for your help.

Register your interest in pre-ordering our book.