Leading disabled people's charities form 'Disability Rights UK'

Disability Alliance, the National Centre for Independent Living and Radar have agreed to unify to form 'Disability Rights UK'.

After more than a year of negotiations and supporting recommendations from the current Boards of Trustees, the AGMs of the three existing charities have now formally agreed the process to unify on 1 January 2012.

Liz Sayce, Chief Executive Designate of the new Disability Rights UK, said: "It is fantastic that the members of the three organisations have voted overwhelmingly in favour of coming together to create the largest pan-disability national organisation led by disabled people, which will enable many more disabled people to have a voice."

The current charities have over 600 member organisations across the UK as well as over 500 individual disabled people as members. Disability Rights UK will be well placed to represent the views of all disabled people across a range of different impairment groups and health conditions.

Sue Bott, chief executive of NCIL added: "Disability Rights UK will continue to provide the existing charities' services and support - including the Radar key, DA's Disability Rights Handbook and NCIL's Direct Payments and independent living support. We will also continue some of the important former skill services which DA has been delivering. But we aim to increase the services, consultancy, training and support we offer to disabled people, governments, employers and beyond as an ambitious new organisation dedicated to achieving equality for disabled people."

The new organisation will offer a range of support for disabled people, education providers, employers, welfare rights advisors, local and national government, journalists and parliamentarians.

Richard Gutch, currently Interim CEO of DA and project manager for the merger said: "With so much change in public services it is now more important than ever that disabled people and the people supporting disabled people have one source of expertise and advice to call on. Disability Rights UK will be that source of independent, authoritative support. As one organisation, it will also be more sustainable and better placed to respond to the challenges faced by the sector."

4 comments for “Leading disabled people's charities form 'Disability Rights UK'”

  1. Gravatar of Eileen BainbridgeEileen Bainbridge
    posted 17 January 2012 at 22:23:38

    I am pleased to see such an allience given the current wholesale attack on Disabled people by the Government in terms of revising DLA. I was listening to the radio today and remembered Section 28 and the then attack on the Lesbian and gay community, who will come out now (excuse the pun)against these current attacks?

  2. Gravatar of k.guravaiah MA.k.guravaiah MA.
    posted 02 March 2012 at 16:19:42

    my charity name> help hands Disability services society jawahar nagar colony college road markapur prakasam district andhra pradesh of south india pin-523316 cell-009951634952 fax-008596-224438 E-MAIL

    katikala guravaiah MA.B.ED(LLB)
    Respectad give me rgeetings to help hands disability services socility

  3. Gravatar of katikala guravaiah MA.B.ED(LLB)katikala guravaiah MA.B.ED(LLB)
    posted 24 April 2012 at 12:41:14

    my charity name help hands disability services society. jawahar nagar colony markapur prakasam district andhra pradesh of south india pin-523316 cell-009951634952 fax-008596-224438

    president & fouder

    katikala guravaiah MA B.ED(LLB)


  4. Gravatar of hayleyhayley
    posted 28 June 2012 at 12:28:13

    Hello, my names Hayley, and I am a 6th form student, studying at Mildenhall College of Technology.
    As part of my 6th form I have to complete a Extended Project (EPQ) and because I would like to go into a career working with disabled people I chose a relevent title question which would be a useful qaulification. It is 'To what extent were disabled people mistreated in the past and how much has it actually changed?'
    I would appreciate it very much if you could send me or tell me some useful information regarding my subject, or possible put me intouch with somebody who could help.
    The type of information which I am most interested in is;
    -How were disabled people mistreated in the past?
    -earlier documentation of disabled people anmd how they were treated
    -How the treatment/mistreatment has changed over time
    -Key dates of policys and events
    -Satistics, numbers and records
    -and how the disbaled members of society are treated today, and if more could/should be done.
    Any additional informaiton would be very useful and appreciated.
    I look forward to your reply.

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