Host Organisation: Disability Law Service

Alexander Sherman

I completed a degree in Russian with Czech at the University of Sheffield and then studied the GDL and LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law in Manchester. During my time there, I worked as a volunteer on the Good Advice Project, completing legal research to help vulnerable groups learn about their legal rights. I also worked at the East Manchester Legal Advice Clinic, providing free legal advice to people.

Prior to starting at the Disability Law Service, I worked as a Litigation Assistant at Express Solicitors, a personal injury firm in the Employers’ Liability team.

I joined the Disability Law Service in January 2021 and will work in the Community Care and Housing teams. As a disabled person myself and someone who has helped to care for my elderly relatives in their later life, I am very passionate about ensuring that disabled people’s rights are protected and the barriers facing disabled people in society are removed. I would like to use my position at the Disability Law Service to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people and their carers.

Project

The aim of my project is to give disabled people and their carers a voice for the everyday problems that they are experiencing in relation to community care. I will focus my project on the charging criteria for care at home and in the community. This is an issue that is causing disabled people and their carers a huge amount of distress.

I will complete research into the current charging criteria, analysing the impact that this is having on disabled people and consider proposals to create a fairer charging system for disabled people and their carers. I am looking forward to working with Professor Luke Clements, patron of the Disability Law Service and Dr Ana Laura Aiello from the University of Leeds on my research. I plan to gather research from disabled people themselves, carers, family members and other stakeholders. These will include charities and other organisations that have great knowledge and expertise on the issues affecting disabled people.

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