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Reports and research
Disability Rights UK produces reports aimed at influencing policy makers to promote independent living
We are disabled people leading change, working for equal participation for all - See Our priorities for 2016-19
1. Independent living: getting a life
Affordable Papers - The “Affordable Papers” report tackles big questions and themes such as:
- Is austerity necessary?
- Is it inevitable that disabled people are adversely affected?
- How can disabled people be supported to reduce the costs of aids and adaptations or goods and services sold to them?
- Can disabled people form community and what’s needed to achieve this?
Inclusive Communities - Today’s local communities are strongest when they enable all, diverse citizens to participate socially, economically and politically. Disability Rights UK has published guidance and a report on making local communities inclusive. August 2014.
User-driven commissioning: Building on the ‘lived experience’ of disabled people – Report on an informal programme to establish, support and strengthen user-driven commissioning in six local sites by focusing on three complementary stepping stones - December 2012
Peer Support and Personalisation - This report, produced by one of our legacy organisations, the National Centre for Independent Living, examines the evidence on peer support and links to personal budgets. The message from the report is that availability of peer support is essential in the drive to transform adult social care to give service users choice and control in how their individual support needs are met. December 2008.
2. Career opportunities – getting work, education and skills
Skills for employment for disabled people: A reflective report - This reflective report is designed to put forward ideas to improve skills for employment and career progression for disabled people. April 2014
Review of different approaches to work skills development for disabled young people (14-25) and disabled working adults in the UK and internationally – A literature review which informs Skills for employment for disabled people: A reflective report. April 2014
Peer support for employment: a practice review – Disability Rights UK
Peer support for employment: a practice review - executive summary
Peer support for employment: a review of the evidence – Work Foundation
Access to Long-term Unemployment - or Access to Work? - This report highlights current problems with Access to Work which stop disabled people from working. April 2015
Learning difficulties/disabilities: supported internship evaluation - This research report contains the findings from an evaluation of the Supported Internship pilot conducted by CooperGibson and Disability Rights UK. December 2013
Taking Control of Employment Support - This report argues that the government's work programmes are failing disabled people and argues that disabled people want to be in charge of their own support. October 2013
Getting in, staying in and getting on - Liz Sayce’s independent review of specialist disability employment programmes. June 2011
Getting in, staying in and getting on
Doing Seniority Differently - A survey of disabled people holding senior management roles across the private, public and voluntary sectors. March 2010
3. Influencing public attitudes and behaviours
Press portrayal of disabled people: a rise in hostility fuelled by austerity? - Disability Rights UK has surveyed disabled people’s views of press coverage of disability – examining the rise of hostility towards disabled people and its causes - August 2012