About me

Award-winning writer

I’m an author, editor, freelance journalist, content consultant and speaker, specialising in social affairs. My book Made Possible is an anthology on human rights and neurodiversity, influenced by my sister Raana. I write for The Guardian, The Independent, Byline Times and various magazines and journals. I was the Evening Standard’s local government and social affairs correspondent, a reporter at The Times and The Express and a writer for Marie Claire, Cosmo, She and Time Out. Before that, I was a reporter and news editor on central London weekly papers and covered community affairs and housing for specialist magazines where I was a deputy editor. I’m the chair of Sibs, the charity for disabled people’s siblings, an ambassador for the National Development Team for Inclusion and an RSA fellow (Royal Society of Arts) and a member of the Society of Authors. I’m a Press Awards 2020 winner and was a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020.

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Journalism

Journalism

My articles

Click on the images below, see my author pages on The Guardian, The Independent or Byline Times websites, or ask me for other articles.

Speaking

Speaking

Speaking, chairing and events

I’m an experienced interviewer, speaker, and chair of the charity Sibs. I’ve spoken live on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4’s Today and World At One programmes, regional BBC radio and podcasts like Byline Times and Culture of Kindness. Events include ‘in conversations’, debates and conference presentations at the British Academy, Portcullis House, City Lit Institute, British Institute of Human Rights, Disability Rights UK and Learning Disability England .

Consultancy

Content consultancy

Editorial support and mentoring

My coaching and mentoring sessions enable organisations to elevate their editorial content. I also write and edit human interest print and digital content for charities and content agencies, including reports, supplements, articles, press briefings, thought leadership pieces, social media and web copy. I project managing website redesigns and work on special communications campaigns.

Recent reports:

Above and Beyond – for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

Space to Live – for Disability Rights UK and Advance Housing & Support

Another Way – for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

Making it Real – for national care partnership Think Local, Act Personal

Get in touch to see other examples of my consultancy work.

The book: Made Possible

My book: Made Possible

Stories of success, by people with learning disabilities – in their own words

Read the ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and Waterstones

Sally Phillips: ‘A bold wake-up call for those who doubt what people with learning disabilities can do’

Sir Norman Lamb: ‘A call to arms to confront continued discrimination’

Sir Simon Baron-Cohen: ‘A gem of an anthology…it will contribute to our growing understanding, acceptance and celebration of “neurodiversity”‘

Charles Fernyhough: ‘A timely and essential collection’

Made Possible, influenced by my learning disabled sister Raana, is a non-fiction anthology , featuring life stories from successful people in theatre, film, music, art, sport, campaigning and politics.

Press includes Radio 4’s Today programme, the Guardian, The Week Junior, gal-dem, Eastern Eye , London and Sussex newspapers, regional BBC radio, The Psychologist, Community Living, Enable, Learning Disability Today, The MJ, My Family Our Needs and Friendili

Talks include City Lit college, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kindness Fest, Manchester Histories Festival (from 4:04:19), Disability Rights UK, British Institute of Human Rights, RNIB Radio

Pro bono work

Pro bono work

Social causes

Regular unpaid commitments include roles as the chair of the charity Sibs and as an ambassador for NDTi (the National Development Team for Inclusion). As a freelance, self-employed person, I have to limit the amount of time I spend on not-for-profit causes or on reduced rate work, but when possible, I try and contribute to campaigns and projects related to disability and neurodiversity issues.

Testimonials and awards

Testimonials and awards

What people say about my work

‘Salman’s work drives awareness of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on neurodiverse people.’ The Press Awards judges.

‘Good quality reporting and a passion for crusading journalism.’ The late Brian MacArthur, veteran Fleet Street editor.

‘An authoritative writer.’ Sarah Jewell, Guardian supplements and microsites editor.

‘A talent for turning complex issues into powerful stories.’ John Adams, OBE, independent social care and charity advisor.

‘A talented news reporter and writer.’ Mike Leese, ex-Evening Standard news editor.

‘Saba’s guidance, knowledge, research skills and writing abilities delivered informative resources of the highest quality.’ Bob Green OBE, Stonewall Housing ex-chief executive.

Winner – Press Awards 2020 reporting diversity

Finalist – Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020 media category

Finalist – British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018

Finalist – European Diversity Awards 2016 Journalist of the Year

Runner-up – Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Awards

Several awards for Housing Today magazine after work to relaunch the title

Best writer award – postgrad journalism course

Get in touch

Contact

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