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 The Guardian and The Daily Mail and was referred to in Parliament during the passage of the Children and Families Act 2014.
She is an experienced speaker on disability issues and has spoken at meetings in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and at conferences and thought leadership events, including a charity lunch attended by the Countess of Wessex. She has worked with several national disability charities and is a Family Ambassador for Mencap.
She is also a non-executive director of The Seashell Trust, a national charity 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 their families, in the Queen's birthday honours 2018.