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Standing up for James author Jane Raca


I spent the first five years of my career as a lawyer working in central London. In 1992 I married my husband Andrew, and moved to the Midlands, where I joined national law firm Shoosmiths, becoming a litigation partner.

In 1998 I decided to give up work to raise my family. I returned to work part time for law firm Cobbetts from 2004-05, but I had to leave my job again as James – the second of my three children – was severely disabled.

I spent nearly three years writing Standing up for James, to try to raise awareness of the day-to-day difficulties facing the families of disabled children in the UK. In particular, I wanted to highlight the terrible struggle they often have to get support from local authorities.

I am now actively involved in campaigning for the rights of disabled children. I  worked alongside national charities in trying to influence the content of the Children and Families Act, which came into force in autumn 2014. I write and speak on disability issues.

Email me here: jane@standingupforjames.co.uk
Follow me on Twitter @janeraca