DAA member, Disability Rights UK (DRUK) is part of the new DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) project which has recently been awarded lottery funding. DRUK are working in partnership with several other DAA members on this project; Disability Wales, and Inclusion Scotland, as well as Disability Action Alliance NI UK.
DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) is, DRUK believe, the world’s first major research and piloting programme led by disabled people. Further information can be found on the DRUK website.
DRUK are holding road shows around England at which disabled people, together with researchers, policy and practice leaders can debate priorities and influence where to invest research money. There are 9 road shows around England – find out if there is one near you.
There will also be engagement events in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK (and DAA Steering Group Chair), said: “This is the first research programme in the world which ensures disabled people, and the issues that matter to us, are central to research funding decisions. The aim is to build a better evidence base on the initiatives and support that enable disabled people to take full part in society. When everyone can participate in the world we live in, it makes sense for us all”.
Should you like to read the DRUK Press Release which includes quotes from Baroness Jane Campbell and Tom Shakespeare you can view it on the DRUK website.
And… Hold the date – Disability Rights UK debate on the Future of Disability Rights, plus AGM is on 5th November, in London. More details to follow nearer the date.