Jo is a geek with a passion for inclusion. She believes that by acting as a bridge between research and practice she can support both researchers and practitioners as they seek to contribute to a more inclusive society.
Her training days are full of nuggets of research knowledge backed up by practical hands on experience and application.
Professionally Jo was an ‘outstanding’ teacher for students with severe and profound special needs before setting up The Sensory Projects in 2010. She holds a Masters in Special Education and regularly publishes journal articles focused on improving inclusion for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities and other Sensory Beings.
Personally Jo draws on insight gained through: being a foster carer for children with special educational needs and disabilities; having family members with profound disabilities; and a childhood rich in positive experiences of inclusion.
Jo works as a sensory engagement specialist consulting nationally and internationally. Jo’s book Sensory Stories for children and teens sells globally, and her second book Sensory-being for Sensory Beings is due out in 2017.
Jo grew up on a concrete boat sailing the oceans. In order to maintain contact with the sea that she loves she lives in a granite cottage in Cornwall and hopes to one day fit back into her wetsuit so that she can take to the waves and surf!