♦ Autism and neurodivergency
♦ Clear communication
♦ Person-centred approaches
♦ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
♦ LGBTQ+ support
♦ Inclusive RSHE
♦ Recognising behaviour as unmet need
♦ Managing risky behaviours
Welcome to SEND Support – thank you for visiting this site.
My name is Joe Butler (pronouns: she/her), and I’m an education consultant specialising in autism and all aspects of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support for education, youth and adult settings.
I have worked with children and young people in both special and mainstream schools for over twenty years. For the majority of that time I taught and led in an autism specialist school for pupils aged 4-19, latterly as head teacher.
I set up SEND Support to provide consultancy and bespoke training, promoting the highest standards in inclusive practice. I am passionate about supporting those in the neuromajority to better understand and include neurodivergent people, and to together build cultures where neurodiversity and difference are celebrated.
I regularly deliver training and workshops, and speak at conferences and events. I am committed to learning from, sharing and amplifying the voices of autistic people and those with other disabilities to increase understanding and promote positive change.
I am a co-author of Is That Clear? Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World, finalist in The Business Book Awards 2021. Find out more on the Publications page, and listen to Podcasts and Webinars on the topic of inclusive communication on my Blog page.
I am a dedicated Governor and Trustee at Portland College, a leading specialist college working with disabled people to develop their employability, independence and communication skills.
I provide LGBTQ+ support for disabled young people and those that care and provide services for them. This includes as a Training Partner and Accessibility Consultant for Stonewall.
Following a year’s consultancy working with SAYiT to ensure their services are accessible to and inclusive of young people with SEND, I am now proud to be a Charity Trustee.