Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK

At a glance


  • Campaigning
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Physical disabilities

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Disability Rights UK wants a society where everyone can participate equally. We have three priorities for 2016-19:

1. Independent living: getting a life - we will:

  • create research led by disabled people
  • enable thousands of individuals to share experiences backed by specialist information and advice
  • showcase new independent living models, with other DPOs
  • run campaigns to reverse institutionalisation and coercion, to secure finance needed for independent living and to achieve improved accessibility.

2. Career opportunities – getting work, education and skills - we will:

  • enable thousands of people to share experiences backed by specialist information/advice
  • showcase approaches to youth employment, peer support for skills and career development, working with other DPOs and partners
  • run campaigns on youth employment, peer support for employment, and government enablers of education, skills and employment opportunities

3. Influencing public attitudes and behaviours: seeking a sea change in perceptions of disability and tackling hostility, bullying and hate crime - we will:

  • do research led by disabled people into what will influence attitudes and behaviours
  • develop a new narrative to replace ‘scrounger’ or ‘superhero’
  • show how cultures can be changed in education and workplaces
  •  support a network of safe hate crime reporting centres


Our Vision

Equal participation for all

We want a society where everyone can participate equally.

Our Mission

We are disabled people leading change

  • In 3 years we will enable at least 50,000 diverse disabled people to have voice and influence, connecting with each other and with us. We support change agents and enable disabled people to exert power and influence.
  • We will work in partnership with other Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to showcase approaches to social, economic and public participation and share learning, including through joint projects.
  • We will work with many organisations in a position to act, in all sectors, to support them to put disabled people’s priorities at the heart of their policies and practices.
  • We will campaign to strengthen and protect disabled people’s rights. 

DR UK is itself led by people with diverse experiences of disability and health conditions, from different communities. We work with allies committed to equal participation for all. Together we can be stronger.

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