About author Jane Raca
Jane Raca was a litigation partner in a national law firm before her life was turned upside down by the birth of her severely disabled son.
James was born 15 weeks prematurely with brain damage and was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorder, severe learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and epilepsy.
Jane was so shocked by the struggles she had to get him the right provision, that she felt compelled to write her first book, Standing Up for James. The book was featured in several national newspapers and was referred to in Parliament during the passage of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Jane has since written for The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Huffington Post. She has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITV Lorraine, and LBC Radio.
She is a regular speaker on disability issues, having spoken at meetings in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and at charity fundraising balls. She works with national disability charities including Mencap and The National Autistic Society.
She is a non-executive director of The Seashell Trust, which incorporates Royal School and Royal College Manchester, residential educational settings for disabled children and young people.
Jane was awarded an MBE for services to disabled people and to their families, in the Queen's birthday honours 2018.
22 October 2018