About Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith has a daughter who has Down syndrome and as a result, has been engaged in the SEND system for over 15 years as a parent carer. During this time, through both voluntary and paid roles, she has met hundreds of other parents who have struggled – and continue to struggle - to get suitable support or educational placements for their children. This provides Sharon with the ongoing motivation to do her bit to contribute to efforts towards meaningful change for disabled children and their families.

After a short period as a frustrated Chair of a Parent Carer Forum, and not knowing what to move on to next, Sharon followed her husband’s suggestion to ‘do a short course’. Not one to do things by halves, Sharon undertook a degree course, followed by a Masters degree. She subsequently designed a PhD research inquiry related to the educational inclusion of disabled children. The thesis is in the final stages of production and who knows what the future will hold… 

Sharon writes for Special Needs Jungle in a personal capacity, and all views expressed are her own.

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