I grew up in Liverpool and I am married to Tom McGowan, a Senior Officer in the Air Force. I am an early years teacher and specialise in children who have additional needs.
Following the untimely death of my youngest child Oliver, I have dedicated my life to campaigning for equal health care for people who have autism and intellectual disabilities.
I successfully had a petition debated in parliament asking for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to receive mandatory face-to-face training in autism and intellectual disability. In November 2019, the Government announced that every NHS and social care worker will receive mandatory training in learning disabilities and autism relevant to their role, to be called the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training.
I have recently moved to Australia with my husband but my campaigning continues to go from strength to strength. I travel back to the UK to speak at conferences, medical schools and hospital trusts.
What I offer
- Talks sharing Oliver’s story and on reasonable adjustments and better healthcare outcomes for people with autism and learning disabilities
- Talks available in person or via Skype
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