'Incredibly honest and powerful...unexpectedly funny, will make readers
laugh as well as cry...'
Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian
'Incredibly moving and startlingly open and honest.'John Bingham, social and religious affairs editor, Daily
'Jane Raca has written a very important book...everyone
should read this book.'Rosa Monckton, Founder of Team Domenica charity, President of Kids charity for disabled
‘Excellent ... written clearly and effectively and
should help those of us who care passionately about children with autism
to put across the very real problems they face in getting the support and
education that is their right.' Jane Asher, President, National Autistic Society.
'A poignant account of the issues facing many
families of children with special educational needs. This book will help
parents by shining a light on some of the legal processes involved…’Clive Rawlings, specialist education law barrister, Hardwicke Chambers.
'Standing up for James is essential reading for all
professionals who look after babies who need specialist care and those who are
involved in their ongoing care. The book is written honestly...highlighting the
humanity in us all.'Dr Jane Hawdon, consultant neonatologist, clinical
academic group director, children’s health, Barts Health NHS Trust. Trustee of
BLISS charity for premature babies.
'The Council does not have the resources to fulfil all of
its statutory obligations and so may avoid identifying a need which it cannot
meet... In Standing up for James, Jane Raca is raising issues of public
policy and what sort of society we are becoming. These are questions that
we cannot adequately answer, or are avoiding; in that sense she is standing up
for all of us.' Honorary Alderman Len Clark, former Birmingham City councillor and chair of
the Council’s inquiry into protecting children and improving children’s
social care, 2009.
‘This book is full of rich insight. It takes the reader
on a journey with mother, son and family: each signpost on that journey is
recalled with eloquence and objective passion. There is no end to what a mother
will do to get the best for her child, and this book is an unequivocal
testimony to that truth. It will enrich the lives of all who read it - parent
or professional.’ Professor Barry Carpenter, OBE. Former national director, Department for
Education complex learning difficulties and disabilities research project.