Sara Pickard is a self-advocate who has Down syndrome and lives near Cardiff, in South Wales. She has worked full-time for Mencap Cymru on a number of different projects for the past nine years and is representing Inclusion International Europe. She has worked as a volunteer in Lesotho and Botswana in Southern Africa as part of her work, and was a speaker at the World Down’s Syndrome Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. Sara has been an elected independent Councillor on her local Community Council for the past seven years and takes great pride in ensuring that the needs of those with disabilities in her local community are brought to the attention of her Council. She is very passionate about connecting with young people who have learning disabilities through her work and drives the importance of their representation in public life.