Janet is Senior Lecturer in Special Education at the University of East London, teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In 2001, she co-founded the charity, Action Duchenne, with her partner, Nick Catlin, after their son, Saul, was diagnosed with DMD. From 2008 to 2011, Janet ran the lottery-funded ‘Include Duchenne’ project, which worked with over 60 children with DMD and their schools and families across the UK, to improve reading and learning skills. The project won the 2011 National Lottery Award for Education. 

From 2011 to 2016, Janet co-managed the lottery-funded 'Takin’ Charge Transition to Adulthood' project, which worked with 80 young people with DMD, aged between 14 and 19 years, and their families - supporting teenagers with DMD to be aspirational about their future. Through the community interest company, Decipha, Janet has worked with children, with a range of learning and behaviour difficulties, and led a Department for Education-funded Leadership programme for young adults with life-limiting impairments. 

Janet is currently involved in research, which is exploring the experience of young people with life-limiting impairments and their views on the new SEND reforms in a time of austerity. She has edited the book 'A Guide to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy : Information and Advice for Teachers and Parents', which is free for families affected by DMD in the UK.