**taken from John Smeaton’s blog**
Alison, in the lives she saved, and in the lives she turned around, changed history. May she rest in peace.
Without her work, the most defenceless of all human beings – anencephalic babies, for example – would have been deprived of their greatest champion. Her powerful writings and her talks on anencephalic babies and on other people with disabilities (who are so often completely rejected, not least by people of power, particularly before birth and/or at the end of their lives) will be read, I believe, in centuries to come.
To mark the occasion, Colin Harte, her full-time carer for 24 years, has published a moving blogpost.
Celebrate Alison’s birth by reading it.