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HEIDI LYTHGOE

Con 15 años de experiencia en TI y prestación de servicios, se pospuso indefinidamente el regreso al trabajo cuando se hicieron evidentes las necesidades adicionales de su segundo hijo. Descubrir que su hijo autista tenía una esperanza de vida 15 años menor que su hija por una condición que no limitaba la vida fue un momento estimulante. Ahora enfoca su energía y experiencia en buscar equidad para todos los niños con necesidades adicionales. Fue miembro de la junta asesora de adultos del Comisionado de Niños durante más de 3 años y también formó parte del Grupo Asesor de Igualdad e Inclusión del Swansea City Football Club. Ella es activa dentro de la comunidad de autismo y es miembro del Movimiento de Autismo de Swansea. Ella cree firmemente que el trabajo coproductivo con los proveedores de servicios es la forma más probable de que los servicios satisfagan mejor las necesidades de los niños discapacitados y sus familias.

Heidi Lythgoe
Ishbel Hansen

ISHBEL HANSEN

Ishbel is a single Parent Carer to her son who was born with complex special needs. She has been his advocate since his birth, co-ordinating his health and well-being requirements with health, education and social services. Ishbel firmly believes that no-one will ever know your child as well as you do.

Ishbel would like to be able to share some of her experience and knowledge with parents who find themselves feeling daunted by what they have to deal with to ensure the best for their child. 

She is passionate about Early Years education and ensuring accessibility to all parks and leisure spaces across Swansea. Ishbel believes that all children have the right to equitable play and wellbeing.

CHRIS LAW

Parent to two adopted children, both with additional needs (ASD, ADHD, ODD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, speech disorder). Chris spent 30 years in senior management positions in the public sector. He now spends most of his time with his family, sharing the parent carer responsibilities with his wife. Chris is also Chair of Governors at a local primary school. He brings great organisational skills, and experience in facilitation, health & safety, people management and finance.

He feels that Transitions between services must be seamless and appropriate to the needs of the individual.

Chris is passionate about Additional Learning Needs, and ensuring children with needs (whatever they may be) are supported appropriately.

Chris Law
Joanann Phillips

Joanann Phillips

Jo’s background includes hairdressing and postal work (post woman). She is a mum of three teenagers, one of whom has complex additional needs that weren’t diagnosed until he became a teenager. Both of her other children have mental health difficulties due to their brother not having the correct support.

Jo is a qualified independent advocate and regularly participates in local authority and government consultations on legislation related to social services, ALN and anything that relates to Carers.  Jo is very passionate about helping to shape services; education, social services and health so that everyone has their needs met in a way that helps them reach their full potential.

She feels very strongly that our adult children must be recognised and supported (“No wrong door”).