The Disability Action Alliance (DAA) is now in its third year of existence and is coming of age! With over 400 members, a track record of tangible outcomes through collaboration and members starting to work together in new and exciting ways, the steering group is now developing a long term strategy for the DAA.
The strategy will both focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the DAA and build on natural evolutions in the way that members are engaging with each other. As a starting point the Steering Group is reviewing the DAA’s impact so far and considering how best to build on achievements. This is with the aim of better enabling collaborative working that makes a positive difference to disabled people’s full participation.
The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is providing a 1 year grant to fund the next stage of the development of the DAA and its long-term strategy. As part of this grant the steering group has decided the DAA’s chairing organisation,Disability Rights UK should undertake the secretariat function for the period of the grant. Though Government facilitated the DAA’s birth, it is felt that now is the time to put disabled people at the heart of the DAA’s delivery.
The Steering Group welcomes input from DAA members and will be approaching the membership for input from March-May. Participation from members will be particularly important as the Steering Group reviews where the DAA focuses its energies, how it can best enable its members to join up both locally and nationally, what form the Alliance should take longer term and how the DAA can ensure sustainability.
Liz Sayce, chair of the DAA and chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “The unique thing the Disability Action Alliance does is act as a catalyst. It brings organisations that don’t know each other together, across different sectors, linking people with good ideas to others who can ‘open doors’, with practical results. It’s great that disabled people are setting the direction, with many allies, and that organisations led by disabled people are strongly represented on the Steering Group. I look forward to working with the DAA’s members to forge a successful future for the DAA, enabling collaborative work that leads to strategic and practical change and ultimately to greater participation of disabled people across society’.
If you would like to know more about this work or the impact of any changes in this announcement, please do visit our new ‘Coming of Age’ page. This page contains statements about this announcement from members of the Steering Group, a supporting statement from the Minister for Disabled people. It also contains links to a Q&A page, a list of the DAA’s achievements and case studies about how the DAA is already evolving.