Disability Organisations

There are a number of organisations, both national and European, which exist to promote the rights and issues affecting people with impaired mobility.

Included below is a short list which we will add to as we learn of the organisations in different countries.

(please note – the following list is only a small proportion of websites available and are not specifically endorsed by EPSA; EPSA does not take responsibility for the maintenance of, or any content in the following websites; does not and cannot guarantee any aspects of their content; the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of EPSA)

EUROPEAN UNION

  • The European Disability Forum (EDF)

    www.edf-feph.org

    The work of the EDF covers all fields of European Union competence and a great number of initiatives. The decisions taken by the European Union, which are the result of negotiations between all Member States, have a direct impact on disabled people’s lives. That is why, the role of EDF is so important in monitoring all EU initiatives and in proposing new legislation to advance disabled people’s rights.

UK

  • Disability Discrimination Act

    www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/DisabilityRights/DG_4001068

  • Office for Disability Issues

    www.officefordisability.gov.uk

    The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has been set up to help government deliver on the commitment made in the report, 'Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People'. The report says that by 2025, disabled people should have the same opportunities and choices as non-disabled people and be respected and included as equal members of society.

    The ODI acts as a champion of disabled people within government. They work with all departments to help them better understand and meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people.

  • Disabled People - General

    www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/index.htm?cids=Google_PPC&cre=DPAC_Franchise

  • The United Kingdom's Disabled People's Council (UKDPC)

    www.bcodp.org.uk

    The United Kingdom's Disabled People's Council is the UK's national organisation of the worldwide Disabled People's Movement. They were set up in 1981 by disabled people to promote full equality and participation in UK society.

  • Capability Scotland

    www.capability-scotland.org.uk

    Capability works with disabled people of all ages and their families and carers throughout Scotland. In addition to providing a range of modern, flexible services they also run a campaigning organisation, committed to using the influence they have to ensure disabled people achieve the same human and civil rights as the rest of society.

  • Child Disability Help

    www.child-disability.co.uk

    Aimed at providing vital support to families in the UK with a child or children up to 16 years of age with a disability.

  • Disability Action

    www.disabilityaction.org

    Works to ensure that people with disabilities attain their full rights as citizens, by supporting inclusion, influencing Government policy and changing attitudes in partnership with disabled people.