Disability Wales, Bridge House,
Caerphilly Business Park,
Tel: 029 2088 7325
About Disability Wales
Disability Wales is a membership organisation for disability groups and their allies across Wales. Its role is to reflect the views of disabled people’s organisations to government with the aim of informing and influencing policy. Formed in 1972, Disability Wales is a registered charity with seven members of staff and 113 organisational members. Disability Wales is based in Caerphilly in South Wales.
Disability Wales works with all areas of government – local councils, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Westminster government and the EU. This work can take the form of developing policy, campaigning or lobbying. Disability Wales champions the rights, equality and independence of all disabled people regardless of physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulty or mental health condition.
All Disability Wales’ work is informed by the Social Model of Disability. The Social Model, in contrast to the Medical Model, holds that people are ‘disabled’ by the organisation of society, not the physical impairments they have. Disabled people face social barriers such as attitudes to disability and physical barriers. In order to participate fully in mainstream society, the way society is organised must be changed. Disability Wales promotes understanding, adoption and implementation of the Social Model throughout Wales.
One of the roles of Disability Wales is to develop projects which disabled people can get involved in and which can influence current and future policy. The charity is one of four UK partners who are managing the ‘Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning’ (DRILL) research programme. A unique feature of the project is that disabled people will lead and co-produce research projects in partnership with academics. Disability Wales believes DRILL to be the world’s first major research programme on such a topic to be led by the priorities of disabled people.
As the national umbrella organisation for disabled people’s organisations in Wales, Disability Wales offers a range of training to assist organisations in dealing with disability and access issues. Disability Wales provides both general equality training and bespoke training tailored to an organisation’s specific learning needs and budget.
Disability Wales is managed by an elected board of directors who are drawn from people active in local and national disability organisations. Any person nominated for the board of directors must be disabled. Disability Wales is funded by the National Assembly for Wales. Members include Headway Cardiff, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Disability Action Group Wales.
1 job with Disability Wales
Candidate required with proven policy and research experience an commitment to achieving the rights, equality and independence of disabled people.