Jane has been working as a freelance journalist, writing about learning disability and health issues, among other things, for the past 18 years. She has had articles published in national magazines and newspapers including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday (Health) and Community Care.
More recently, Jane gained a Distinction on MSc Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities at Portsmouth University and is in her final year of training to become a counsellor. She also works for the Challenging Behaviour Foundation as a co-trainer, delivering workshops on positive behavioural support to family carers and support staff caring for people with severe learning disabilities (or moderate learning disabilities and autism) who display behaviour described as challenging.
Jane has written a self-help book Bringing Up a Challenging Child at Home and a ‘parent’s perspective’ chapter in Genetics of Mental Retardation about her experiences with Chrissy, who has a rare genetic disorder that was not diagnosed until she was 21.
As well as teaching basic skills to students with learning disabilities at an FE college, Jane has worked as a Critical Reader on Mencap’s information leaflets for families and as an Expert by Experience with the CQC; she was also involved in producing the CQC’s Expert by Experience newsletter. Jane has written and delivered trainings and talks about rare chromosome disorders, learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and communication to healthcare professionals, geneticists and other parents. Jane is very interested in epilepsy, autism and challenging behaviour and shares her thoughts on her blog Sharing Stories.
Jane lives near Winchester in Hampshire with her husband. Chrissy lives nearby in supported living with 24-hour care and visits her family regularly.