Isabelle is the mum of two extraordinary young people, one of whom has autism, learning disability and other co-occurring conditions. She has decades of experience in navigating the labyrinth of education, social care and health services, most recently fighting to get her son out of an acute treatment unit (ATU) and to have a positive and fulfilling life in the community.
Isabelle holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Autism Education and more than a decade’s experience of supporting children with SEND. Isabelle was the Lead Practitioner for Autism in a Federation of six mainstream primary schools, providing reactive and proactive support, and managing its autism support team. Isabelle also devised and delivered whole school and targeted group in-house training and outreach support.
Isabelle is also an expert by experience advisor for NHSE’s National Children and Young People (CYP) Transforming Care Programme (TCP), as well as for NHSE’s CYP STOMP-STAMP (Stop the Over-Medication of People with learning disabilities, autism or both – Supporting Treatment & Appropriate Medication in Paediatrics) national campaign. She also sits on the South East London TCP Strategic Board and on its lived experience forum.
Most recently, Isabelle has been campaigning (#HumanToo) for meaningful and positive change for children & adults with autism, learning disabilities or both, who are still living in inpatient units.