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Our priorities for 2016-19

Subject to resources we will do the following work.

1. Independent living: getting a life - we will:

  • create research led by disabled people
  • enable thousands of individuals to share experiences backed by specialist information and advice
  • showcase new independent living models, with other DPOs
  • run campaigns to reverse institutionalisation and coercion, to secure finance needed for independent living and to achieve improved accessibility.

2. Career opportunities – getting work, education and skills - we will:

  • enable thousands of people to share experiences backed by specialist information/advice
  • showcase approaches to youth employment, peer support for skills and career development, working with other DPOs and partners
  • run campaigns on youth employment, peer support for employment, and government enablers of education, skills and employment opportunities

3. Influencing public attitudes and behaviours: seeking a sea change in perceptions of disability and tackling hostility, bullying and hate crime - we will:

  • do research led by disabled people into what will influence attitudes and behaviours
  • develop a new narrative to replace ‘scrounger’ or ‘superhero’
  • show how cultures can be changed in education and workplaces
  •  support a network of safe hate crime reporting centres

View our strategic plan