Wendy Perez

Wendy Perez

Wendy is a leading self-advocate, disability activist and consultant, and she runs her own organisation: See Me As Me. Wendy championed and co-authored an accessible version of Keys to Citizenship with Simon Duffy to make the idea of citizenship relevant to everyone.

Wendy has been one of the leading champions for self-directed support and individual budgets. She was one of the first people in the UK with learning difficulties to get her own direct payment, and also the first person to get an individual budget in her local area. She has also worked to help other people get individual budgets and develop their own support plans. She is a determined advocate for people's rights.

Wendy worked as a consultant for Paradigm, where she trained people with disabilities and families about independent living, individual budgets and support plans, the first person with learning difficulties to be employed in this type of role. Wendy provided training for social care staff and families to help them understand that people with difficulties can have the same lives as anyone else, with or without support.

As an activist she has trained widely on direct payments, disability inclusion, person-centred planning, information accessibility, self-advocacy, self-determination, as well as evaluation and leadership training for people with learning difficulties.

Wendy has also worked for St George's Hospital, pioneering efforts to train medical students to understand the needs of people with learning difficulties. Wendy was a co-author of two of the first accessible books for people with learning difficulties. 

Wendy was involved in developing Valuing People, a critical government policy that introduced a human rights approach to services for people with learning difficulties and accelerated the deinstitutionalisation and personalisation of health and social care. She was a key author of The Good Practice Guide to Health and Deciding Together, which are policies to help people get the right help and support.

Wendy was Chair of the local Partnership Board. Her work focused on improving health and other services for people with learning difficulties and making investments in local innovation.

Wendy has co-authored a number of publications, including a chapter in Learning Disability Today, a number of books in the Books Beyond Words series, as well as being a contributor to Mencap’s newsletter, Viewpoint.

Wendy lives in Hammersmith, in London. She is an avid Arsenal supporter and enjoys DJing under the name "Hotwheels". Wendy is a proud citizen, showing that people with disabilities can live full and positive lives under their own control. She wants others to benefit from freedom and the keys to citizenship. She always wants to try new things.