Jane Green is an Educationalist & Adviser on Autism and Hypermobility Syndromes. She supports and advocates for people living with neurodiversity and hypermobility disorders on issues relating to health, education, social care, employment and transport accessibility.
For over 25 years Jane has supported children and adults with special needs across early years education, primary and secondary schools and further education. She has developed and designed training in autism for schools, employment organisations, local authorities, trusts and charities.
Jane is the first disabled and autistic Trustee at SCIE (Social Care Institute of Excellence), the policy lead on the first autism medical training for future doctors, she sits on the workforce expert group for the OMMT (Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training) and is co-chair for the OMMT Strategic Oversight Group. She is also the theme adviser for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Jane represents autistic people and those with visible and invisible disabilities/chronic illness to experience travelling through airport days, and has designed training for staff and ferry companies. She is also representing autistic women, self-identified women and non-binary in the county’s police diversity forum.
Jane is an experienced advocate on autism and hypermobility both by profession and experience. Having lived with various chronic illnesses since a young child and enduring years of pain and dismissal by doctors and consultants, she was finally diagnosed with hEDS (Hypermobility Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) in 2015 and received her autism diagnosis a year later at the age of 54.
She advocates for the rights of those with visible/invisible conditions and in 2018 founded SEDS (Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Support) to increase local specialised support and improve awareness and understanding of EDS/HSD and co-occurring conditions. She is also the lead on the new EDS and HSD School Toolkit to help those working in education understand the condition amongst children and young people.
After her autistic diagnosis Jane felt there was a huge lack of suitable support for autistic women and others, which led to the creation of theAutismConnected. A group for autistic or neurodiverse, girls/self-identified women and non-binary living in Sussex.
In 2020 Jane won Jane a number of community and national awards for her support during the pandemic. She designed a set of Covid-19 alert cards during the first lockdown to support autistic and/or disabled people, families/carers and professional social workers, which were hosted by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) and Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) websites as part of the Covid-19 autism guidance for individuals, families and support workers.
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