Research into global leaders in support practices for disabled people

A young campaigner for self-directed support has published a research paper on global leaders in support practices for disabled people for the Winston Churchill fellowship.

Will Case, 21, was the first person with cerebral palsy to be awarded a Travelling Fellowship grant from the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to undertake research into support practices for disabled people over the summer.

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Bury resident Will is a strong advocate for self-directed support following his attendance at a Partners in Policymaking course. He now works with organisations including In Control and Mencap to raise awareness of disabilities, reform and personalisation. He is also an ambassador for the Council for Disabled Children.

Each year around 100 fellowships are awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for overseas research projects which benefit the UK. They are awarded to individuals to study areas of topical and personal interest for the benefit of their profession or community.

As part of the tough application process Will had to describe his goals for the future and how the trip could bring real benefits and positive change to his community.

Will spent his summer travelling across the Amercia and Canada meeting leading practitioners and disability groups to bring best practices back to the UK.

His report has now been published on the Winston Churchill website and can be viewed here.

If you would like to find out more about Will's research project, please contact him at

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Last Updated : 16 December 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.