Leonard Cheshire supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, Leonard Cheshire is at the heart of local life — opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.'
Our international strategy revolves around inclusion and participation and we work to achieve this in a number of ways in 16 countries across Asia and Africa. We have a strong focus on supporting the generation and collation of quality disaggregated data by disability needed to support the inclusive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Leonard Cheshire Research Centre, based at University College London, undertakes research which gives us unique insights into disability and inclusive development. The Centre provides the secretariat to the Washington Group, which seeks to improve the availability of data with the use of the Washington Group Questions (WGQ) in national censuses.
We partner with Disabled Peoples’ Organisations in the countries we work in to strengthen their involvement in policy and implementation processes. Our programmatic work focusses on developing models of inclusion in education, economic empowerment and overall participation in society. Our integrated approach looks beyond simple service delivery; we take a broad systems approach to foster inclusion and to tackle the deeply entrenched barriers persons with disabilities face.
We also work at a global level to ensure that inclusive development remains high on the international agenda. We have formal partnerships with various international agencies such as the World Bank, UNESCO and the ILO to provide technical expertise on disability.