This page provides answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Disability Action Alliance. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Questions and Answers : Frequently asked questions
- What is the Disability Action Alliance?
The Disability Action Alliance (DAA) is an unincorporated cross sector network of organisations committed to taking action to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.
It brings together disabled people’s organisations with organisations from the public, voluntary and private sectors. Members work to deliver tangible improvements to the lives of disabled people at both local and national level. Improvements are sought through partnership working, innovation and the sharing of information.
- How does the DAA work?
Organisations joining the DAA all have an interest in making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people. DAA members work together to identify and deliver improvements through projects and partnerships.
DAA members have already developed some great partnerships and is achieving action through our projects. Achievements include:
- the development, launch and on-going review of the Care and Disability Money Advice Service (MAS) website section;
- introduction of a ‘Safe Journey Card’ and driver training in Blackpool to improve the travel experience of disabled people, which is now being adopted in other areas;
- publication of ‘Inclusive Communities Guidance’ for Disabled People’s User Led Organisations and Local Authorities to better support local communities to include disabled people in decision making that affects their lives; and
- launch of and increasing number of pledges to the Volunteering Charter.
However we still hope to encourage a lot more partnership working.
- What will the DAA achieve?
The Alliance will carry forward ideas proposed by disabled people themselves and by member organisations. By working together members will develop and deliver practical solutions that disabled people want.
- Who is leading the DAA?
The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) set up the Alliance. The aim is very much for collaborative and partnership working.
- Who can join the DAA?
Organisations must be UK based and have an interest in improving the lives of disabled people. We want the widest possible membership, national and particularly local organisations.
Individuals cannot join the Disability Action Alliance.
- Are organisations outside the UK able to join the DAA?
No, membership of the DAA is restricted to organisations from within the UK.
- Why should I join the DAA?
If you are not a member and want to be, please contact us. Joining does not commit you to specific activity, but will give you:
- greater opportunity to work in partnership with Alliance members;
- access to information and resources on the DAA website;
- the opportunity to become involved in, and propose, DAA projects; and
- promotion of the fantastic work that you do for and with disabled people.
- What are you committing your organisation to by joining the DAA?
Joining the DAA does not commit you to any activity, though we ask that you abide by the membership declaration.
Otherwise, all we ask is that you are:
- interested in making things better for disabled people,
- are keen to work together to deliver change, and
- are willing to share your ideas and experience with others.
- How do I join the DAA?
If you have further questions you can also contact us.
- Is there a fee to join the DAA?
No, there is no joining fee or ongoing subscription. It is free to join.
- How can I suggest projects that the DAA could take forward?
If you want to share some good practice with other Alliance members please contact us.
- Will members of the DAA get any funding to take the work forward?
Most DAA actions and projects will draw on the resources of member organisations.
However the Office for Disability Issues secretariat has identified some possible funding sources that member organisations may be able to use; this information can be found on our funding page.
- Why can’t projects be commercial in nature?
The DAA is an unincorporated association. As such it has no legal identity and therefore cannot enter into contractual arrangements.
If a project develops in a direction that leads to contractual arrangements, then the DAA will have to relinquish its involvement.
Partnerships developed between members can continue, but the DAA would no longer provide secretariat support or promote it as a DAA project.
- What is the DAA’s position on Intellectual Property with regards to DAA projects?
As an unincorporated association, the DAA has no legal status and cannot hold intellectual property rights. The DAA is unable to provide guidance to members of project groups on the ownership of ideas. If you are concerned about ownership of intellectual property, we advise you to read this. (Link to gov.uk pages about intellectual property).
- Will I still be able to campaign or lobby against the actions of Government, or other organisations, if I join the DAA?
The DAA is focused on taking practical actions. Member organisations are free to campaign or lobby in their own name, but the DAA Membership Agreement makes clear that member organisations will not campaign or lobby in the name of the DAA.
- Where can I view a list of current members?
To view a list of members of the Alliance, visit our Members page.
- How are members of the DAA kept informed?
There is also an Alliance twitter account that you can follow. @DisActAll
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