Sarah joined Demos as a researcher in March 2004 and worked on public service reform, concentrating on learning and disability policy.
Sarah is co-author of Independent Living, Disablism and Disablist Britain. These look at the nature of discrimination experienced by disabled people and the local and national policy interventions that could start to tackle this deeply embedded inequality. Sarah is currently working on a project looking at how education provision for children with special educational needs might be reformed by starting with an assumption of equal educational entitlement for all.
She has also worked closely on several projects looking at the future of learning and skills training after 16. She is co-author of Working Progress: how to reconnect young people and organisations and has just completed a major piece of work for the Department for Education and Skills looking at 'personalising’ post 16 provision in the learning and skills sector. Sarah is also working on a think piece for the DfES outlining the components of a ‘Research and Development’ system in UK education.
She previously worked at the Overseas Development Institute on multilateralism and UN reform. In 2003, Sarah co-founded the Interns' Network, which encourages and supports graduates to apply for jobs in politics and policy. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Independent living is what non-disabled people take for granted – living the life you want to live; deciding what you want to do (and what you don’t), and then having the opportunity and, if necessary, the support, to get on and do it.