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News: Disability Wales are recruiting for participants to take part in research

 

Co-production in Disability Research: Developing Future Strategies

As part of the DRILL Four Nations Research Project, Disability Wales will be focusing on co-production in disability research.  We are now recruiting for participants to take part in our research!

What is the research about?

We want to hear from research teams involved in DRILL funded projects in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We want to understand the experiences of coproduction, including:

  • the challenges and benefits in working on coproduced research
  • the impact of coproduction on project outcomes
  • Exploring an alternative language to describe ‘peer researchers’

What will I be asked to do as a participant?

You will be part of a focus group of up to 10 other participants and / or will participate in a one-to-one interview.  One focus group will be held in each nation (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The focus group will last around 1 hour but could be longer or shorter, depending on how much you would like to say.

After the focus group, we would like to speak to some participants individually. These one-to-one interviews will last around 45 minutes. The interviews will be used to gather more detailed information about experiences of research coproduction.

We hope to start the focus groups and interviews in late April and complete by early June 2019. We will arrange these at times convenient to all participants.

What will I get out of being a participant?

By being a participant in the research you will learn about, or reaffirm your knowledge of, coproducing research. You will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences of coproducing research, and to have your views heard and respected. You will contribute to research which will help us to understand the benefits and challenges associated in working on coproduced research.

We will also reimburse out of pocket expenses including support worker fees, communication support and travel expenses.

Further information

For more information on the research project please contact the lead researcher Ruth Nortey:

Email: [email protected]

Tel:    02920 887 325

 

 

News: Platinum Training Institute proud to be a partner on the ‘Empowering people through physical activity’ project

Platinum Training Institute, a training provider in Northern Ireland that helps people pursue their career in health and fitness, is excited to be a partner on the project, ‘Empowering people through physical activity.’  The project which funded by DRILL, is led by the Mental Health Foundation along with various partners including Queen’s University Belfast, Praxis Care and Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.  It is a pilot study which aims to design and develop a physical activity intervention in Northern Ireland, for people with serious mental health problems with co-production at its heart.

 

Platinum Training Institute’s role in the study is integral.  A selection of personal trainers from Platinum Training Institute, all of whom have extensive experience working with people with mental health problems, will work directly with participants to get to know participants and understand what they want from an intervention.  Participant discussion and feedback at co-production workshops will be used by Platinum Training Institute to inform the design and delivery of the physical activity programme.  Personal trainers will take a client-centred approach, and their professional experience will allow them to appropriately monitor and adapt activity sessions with clients accordingly, giving them the best chance to succeed.

 

Lee Havern, founder of Platinum Training Institute has said: ‘I strongly believe that engaging in physical activity can have a range of benefits for people with mental health problems, however it is important that the exercise professional has an understanding and knowledge of how to work with clients with mental health conditions.  Our course, ‘Physical Activity for Adults with Mental Health Conditions’, equips personal trainers with the relevant skills and expertise to work with this population group.  We are excited to work on this exciting and important project and its values are very aligned with those of Platinum Training Institute.’

Please click the link for further information about the project Empowering people through physical activity

News: Joint oral statement by APDA, Disabled People Against Cuts and Disability Rights UK

 

British government policy at national, regional and local levels repeatedly refers to ‘helping people to stay independent for as long as possible’. It claims its policy accords with Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but demonstrates a failure to comprehend the concept of ‘independent living’ based on the right to exercise choice and control, and equity in life chances. It frequently justifies removal of essential support on the grounds of ‘helping’ to ‘improve their independence’, effectively subverting Article 19 rights to remove rights

After 2009, disabled people hoped for equality, fair treatment and the opportunity to participate fully in society. Instead cuts to social care have made it harder for disabled people to live independently.

Social inclusion has been seriously prejudiced by government attempts to cut costs through so-called welfare reform such as Universal Credit and the abolition of the Disability Living Allowance.

Austerity measures are disproportionately affecting disabled people’s right to an adequate standard of living as set out in the UN CRPD. Assessments are not informed by disabled people’s lived experience of impairment.

The reduction in financial support available to many disabled people has caused increased poverty and a deterioration in wellbeing and the quality of life. Many cut down on food and heating, use food banks and borrow money that they are ill-equipped to repay.

With many health, social care and public transport services devolved, we see:

  • More children in ‘special schools’ rather than mainstream education
  • The growing use of compulsory detention/forced treatment powers contained in mental health legislation
  • A shortfall in housing that meets the needs of disabled people
  • Lack of investment in services supporting independent living
  • Inadequate investigation into unexpected deaths of disabled people in state care.

APDA, Disability Rights UK and DPAC have come together to oppose such retrogressive austerity measures. We urge the UN to remind the UK Government to:

  • Work with disabled people
  • Act on the UN Rapporteur’s recommendations following its 2018 Poverty Review
  • Not to forget the UN’s 2016 report that stated that the UK government had systematically violated the rights of people with disabilities through its 2010-2015 welfare ‘reforms’.

For further information about the project click here humare-avaaz-voice-exploring-experiences-barriers-faced-disabled-asian-women/

Blog: February in New York, APDA

UN Blog

February in New York is far from ideal – it’s bitterly cold – but that’s when the UN’s 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development was held. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.

The priority theme for 2109 was ‘Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies’.

APDA has had ‘special consultative status’ with the Commission, one of a number of NGOs (non-governmental bodies) across the world to have this prestigious status because of valuable work nationally and internationally.

Pradip Shah (our Chair) [photo – perhaps from our Annual Report), two carers and a staff member made the trip to contribute to the discussions and advocate for the rights of disabled people generally. Notably, APDA was in a minority of NGOs that delivers front line support services as well as performing advocacy and advisory functions and therefore could speak from the authoritative position of ‘lived experience’.

Pradip’s ‘journey’ to New York and back – from travel logistics to everyday issues – was not only an object lessons on the barriers to independence faced by disabled people but also a great example of what can be achieved by society making reasonable adjustments and people showing simple goodwill. Having said that, the seeming lack of fully accessible facilities and poor signage in the UN building was a distraction from more important social inclusion issues, a point we forcibly made to the UN in open forum.

We made our presence felt. People listened to Pradip, not just because he obviously spoke from lived experience but also because of the cogency of what he said. He represented the position of all disabled people in the UK, not just London’s Asian community that APDA specifically supports with it culturally sensitive day care and home care.

Below is a link to the UN’s TV channel. We particularly recommend the Civil Society Forum where the UK’s recent record on social protection, specifically Universal Credit/impact on women, came in for cogent criticism! Two interesting opinions were put forward by Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, UN Human Rights Council, Professor of Law at New York University: (a) that austerity had become an ideology, and (b) that if you asked a group of misogynists what changes they would like to Universal Credit, they would answer ‘not many’ – worrying thoughts! (You need to go 34 minutes into the video for the keynote address.)

Civil Society Forum: Social Protection and Transformative Fiscal and Wage Policy – CSocD57 Side Event

Go to our website (apda.org.uk) to learn more about our culturally sensitive services.

Blog: Centre for Welfare Reform, On Not Being Believed.

Wheelchair Vista on the lasting effects of being doubted

Many of us with long term conditions struggle to accept that we can no longer live life as we used to. It took me almost ten years.

I carried on working for longer than I should. A resident at the care home I managed said; “It’s doing you no good keeping on working. Why don’t you reduce your hours or stop altogether?” She saw that I could not stand for long without leaning against a wall. Staff noticed that I always relied on the lift and was often in urgent need of the loo.

When I had time off work for minor surgery it had to be extended due to massive bruising sustained in a car crash. This was soon followed by investigations for IBS and a referral for knee surgery, which culminated in my employment contract being ended.

After numerous consultations with specialists, who were honest with me about the available treatments, I understood that my body was no longer going to function as it had. Nonetheless I was listened to, given choices and, most importantly, believed.

I hated not working and hoped to return, however a bad reaction to chemotherapy treatment for cancer led to severely reduced lung function and worsened fatigue. Finally, I accepted that I would never work full time again.

My children and then-partner were supportive. We discussed the possibility of a lung transplant but the consultant made the decision for me: a transplant was not appropriate. I was fine with that, having already adjusted to using a mobility scooter to get around. Then my relationship ended and I struggled with daily chores – I was permanently exhausted and out of breath. Upon asking social services to increase my care package I had my first experience of being disbelieved.

My original care package during cancer treatment was awarded swiftly and I expected a similar process – I was in for a shock. The social worker’s premise was that because I was still seeing consultants and surgeons that there must be something more they could do. Despite explaining that a lung transplant had been ruled out she insisted upon another referral.

Not being believed had a profound effect. Despite my background as a Clinical Nurse Specialist I began querying both my diagnosis and clinicians’ decisions. Instead of being secure in my choices I felt unsettled and confused. Maybe I hadn’t followed through on some possible options? Talking to nurses with the same expertise as myself, I asked ‘Should I have a transplant?’. All confirmed that both age and the complexities of my other health conditions excluded surgery.

Deep down I knew they were right, yet I was being pushed into checking and double-checking. I still feel the emotional pain this confusion caused. Why couldn’t this social worker understand? Eventually a strong letter from my Respiratory Consultant stopped the bullying but I was left traumatised.

Other incidents with the same social worker triggered a formal complaint. When allocated a new social worker the enhanced care package I needed quickly followed. The relief was enormous and my quality of life improved substantially.

“…disabled people’s need for social care puts us in a dependent position. The choice we face is stark: seek support and risk being discredited or carry on as usual and struggle with limited life choices.”

Eventually increasing back pain meant I could no longer comfortably use my scooter. Fortunately I got a grant to buy an electric wheelchair, however my flat was not wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair lived in the car and had to be dismantled and brought inside for charging. My need for an accessible flat was greater than ever, however I had already been on the waiting list for eight years. None of the properties viewed during this time were wheelchair accessible.

By chance I was offered a perfect flat, although in different London borough. The Care Act dictated that my care package should move with me so I had no reason to worry. However, securing the care package became a dystopian nightmare. The new borough required confirmation of my circumstances from consultants who no longer cared for me! Most of the surgery undergone during my initial time off work was done privately; some treatment also took place when I lived in the US – I don’t have the money to access the information they require.

A referral to another Respiratory Consultant led to me being discharged, as I don’t qualify for continuous oxygen – the one treatment that might reduce my breathlessness. The social worker’s response: “We may not be able to accept that.” I’m back in the trauma of not being believed. Each social worker visit left me more distressed.

My professional work has included being an Expert Witness in several court cases – I’m used to being believed and respected. Finding myself in a parallel universe where my skills and knowledge are disregarded is frightening.

Relationships are based on honesty and trust. In most cases we choose who to have relationships with, but disabled people’s need for social care puts us in a dependent position. The choice we face is stark: seek support and risk being discredited or carry on as usual and struggle with limited life choices.

Asking for care creates uncertainty. The imbalance of power can lead to abuse of process and of the relationship between social worker and client – we have little say in the process. My personal experience of two different London boroughs is borne out by conversations with other disabled people – being disbelieved is sadly all too common. Being doubted causes mistrust in what our body is telling us; this is dangerous. My first sceptical social worker caused emotional strain that worsened my IBS and I lost a great deal of weight.

Within three years of leaving work I was prescribed morphine patches for pain. Scans showed the consultant how damaged my spine was – he never once questioned the severity of my pain. Three months later I was discharged from his clinic, feeling validated and with my pain well managed. This is how good medicine is practised. During nursing training we were taught: ‘Pain is what the patient says it is, where they say it is and how severe they tell you it is.’ I followed this mantra everyday in my nursing practice; it is patient focused, ensuring that nurses listen and act accordingly.

What has happened to that level of compassion in social work? I have been forced to argue my case against someone without the clinical skills or qualifications to understand my condition. They don’t inhabit my body; they don’t feel the pins and needles in my hands that prevent me from gripping things properly. They don’t have 40% lung function and don’t know what it’s like to feel constantly fatigued. They are NOT me.

Whenever I’m disbelieved, personal doubt resurfaces. Fortunately I have learned enough therapy techniques to stop the broken record and my friends support me against the onslaught of cynicism – I’m able to remain reasonably balanced. Yet a friend in similar circumstances copes by self-harming and many others drink to blot out the disbelief.

Managing the rejection of my true life situation has left me exhausted. The unnecessary trauma has made me increasingly angry. A benefits system that constantly questions someone’s fitness for work, disregarding incurable conditions, is an outrage. The power that social workers have over disabled people’s lives is insufferable. A government that believes in austerity and cutting services is inhumane.

There is a better way. Trust disabled people to know their own bodies and what support they need. Belief should be the default position unless contradicted by evidence. We need a National Independent Living Fund linked to Support Money (benefits) by a Holistic Assessment. Combine ESA with PIP/DLA so that those awarded the highest support are automatically granted a number of social care hours per week.

Such reform would provide disabled people with a guaranteed level of care. It would promote dignity and permit disabled people to have a greater level of choice in their lives. How this would work is another post entirely.

Wheelchair Vista, is a blogger and disability activist. She writes about her life and issues that affect disabled people. She also tries to pass on some of the knowledge she’s gained along her journey.  Read WheelchairVista’s blog here.

For further information about the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project from Centre for welfare Reform, Please click here

News: The Disability Talk Show

University of Atypical, 109-113 Royal Avenue

27th March: 6.00pm – 7.00pm

 

Disabled people with attitudes talking about the attitudes towards them.

A talk show of a different kind, where the Others talk about their Othering.

We are a group of disabled people hosting a talk show on attitudes and independent living. The conversation stems from an ongoing research project on how attitudes in the adult social care system can be a barrier or an enhancement to independent living choices. The research is led by disabled people and focuses on lived experience.

From a lively discussion on having to eat porridge when you hate it because someone thinks it is best for you; to a heated debate on whether to prioritise having lunch or going to the toilet, we will share with you our stories and experiences of attitudes that you have not heard and are not ready for. We will ask you some intrusive personal questions, but which we are routinely asked in the context of adult social care or the ongoing welfare reform.

This event aims to highlight the voices of disabled people and our everyday mundane, yet creative resistances to stereotypes, intrusion of our personal lives and marginalisation. Attitudes can be a barrier to equality, participation and independence. But attitudes can change and be an enhancement to disabled people’s human rights. It is all about sharing the experience!

This event is part of the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with kind support from Disability Action NI and The University of Atypical.

For further information please visit The-Disability-Talk-Show/

 

Blog: Barod ready to work

What do you call a researcher with learning disabilities?

Most people call them a ‘co-researcher’. We think that’s OK as long everyone doing the research is called a co-researcher. But if you have ‘the researcher’ working with ‘the co-researcher’, it’s like saying only one of them is a real researcher. We often hear people talking about the researcher and the co-researcher. It’s like having a Chair and a Co-chair, rather than two Co-chairs. That annoys us because if you don’t need them both then why have them both in the team? And if you do need them both, why give one a higher status just because the knowledge and experience they bring is different? So rather than using the term co-researcher, we prefer to say academic researcher and activist researcher. When they do research together we might call them both co-researchers if we need to, but usually we would talk about them co-researching. Researching together is an activity, not an identity or a status. And Barod researchers don’t need an identity that says they can only co-research. We are quite able to do research by ourselves too.

But then we were thinking about why you need activist researchers, or co-researchers, or whatever you choose to call them/us. What do they bring that other researchers can’t bring? 

In social research, people talk about insider research. This is social researchers who go and research their own community or work place.  That sounds a bit like most of the research done by researchers with learning disabilities. So then we wondered why people don’t usually call them insider researchers. Maybe that’s because academics aren’t quite sure if a researcher with learning disabilities fully deserves the status and label of being a social researcher. If we had time [that’s Barod-speak for ‘please pay us for the time’!] we would love to compare the literature about insider research with the literature about participatory research. There could be a lot to learn about why and how to do participatory research by looking at the lessons from insider research.

In ethnography, social researchers rely on gatekeepers to give them access and credibility. We know this is an important role of activist researchers. Without activist researchers in the team, academic researchers would need to find gatekeepers. With activist researchers in the team, access and credibility can happen via the researchers’ insider status without needing to go and find a gatekeeper. We do wonder sometimes if using the term co-researcher can go hand in hand with thinking of activist researchers a bit like glorified gatekeepers: someone who stands with one foot in the world being researched and one foot in the academic world of research, but who doesn’t really belong in their own right in the academic world of research. 

We will keep thinking. We don’t have the answers. We would like to know what other researchers think. 

For further information about the project please visit Barod The Bridge: Changing attitudes and communities by turning skills and experience into earnings for self- advocacy organisations and self-advocates.


News: Recruitment

DISABILITY ACTION

One in five people in Northern Ireland have a disability.  Disability Action believes in human rights for all and works to promote, protect and uphold the human rights of people with disabilities.  We are a Northern Ireland wide pan disability organisation working with disabled people with various disabilities; physical, mental, sensory, learning and hidden.

The Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning (DRILL) programme is a UK wide research programme delivered in partnership by four major pan-disability organisations in each of the UK nations – Disability Action, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.  The programme is creating a new and innovative research agenda in each nation and UK-wide.  We work with policy makers and senior practitioners to ensure that the research evidence informs positive policy and practice solutions to fit future economic and social trends.

Disability Action wishes to appoint to the following position: –

Impact Measurement Officer (Ref IMOD19)

£24,766 pa (This is the full time equivalent.  The actual pro rata salary for this post is £19,812.80 per annum).

28 hours per week

Fixed to 31 August 2020

The Impact Measurement Officer will be responsible for capturing the outputs, outcomes and impact of the 32 research and pilot projects funded by DRILL; supporting DRILL in the most effective use of the research and pilot evidence.

The successful applicant must have the following:

  • A third level qualification (i.e. a degree or equivalent level professional qualification) in a relevant discipline with 2 years’ experience of (i) capturing the outputs, outcomes and impact of projects and (ii) presenting and using research evidence and findings effectively (Or alternatively 5 years experience).
  • Experience of evaluating projects and preparing reports for various stakeholders.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including creative presentation of information and use of data visualisations.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages as well as other relevant software.
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and managing a diverse workload.
  • The ability to meet the travel requirements of the post – ie to undertake regular travel throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.  (It is anticipated that on average this may amount to 1 or 2 days per month).
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the rights of disabled people, and in particular independent living.

Application packs can be downloaded at http://www.disabilityaction.org: or obtained by emailing [email protected]  The application pack is available in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, etc, on request.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 2pm on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Disability Action is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Applications are particularly welcome from people with disabilities.

Blog: Centre for Welfare Reform Issues around Chronic Illness and Disability.

The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project ran two extended online focus groups, each running over an eight-week period, where people could come together and explore issues around chronic illness and disability.

The online aspect of our research wasn’t for reasons of cost or convenience, it was fundamental to our aim of reaching an invisible housebound population. We wanted to include people who are often left out of traditional consultations and focus groups due to significant energy impairment: people who may too unwell to attend events, and whose concentration span is limited, sporadic and unpredictable due to “brainfog”. This is the very group that welfare policy makers have assumed are “just tired”, like everyone else, and who simply need to “try harder”.

We heard that their day to day reality is very far from this stereotype. The flexible setup of our research forum meant that people could take part from home, at time of their choosing, and had two weeks to respond to questions. Researcher, Stef Benstead, has collected the responses of our participants to the research process: It was often the first time that anyone had shown any interest in their experiences or valued their opinion on matters relating to chronic illness and inclusion in society. “I appreciate the opportunity to be heard and to share my experiences. No-one has ever really asked me about any of this before actually!” “I too have struggled to answer the questions only because it’s been so long since anyone wanted my opinion and the brain fog that comes with my illness making it difficult to remember the right words.”

Participants were grateful for the opportunity to take part in something that was intellectually stimulating and of relevance and interest to them: “I found it difficult to focus and switch my brain on again but it did me the world of good. You have all been amazing and it is a privilege to have spent time with you.” “The project has definitely helped me think more deeply about disability issues and the difficulty of applying frameworks to them.”

The forum created a community of people with shared experiences who could gain comfort from and fellowship with one another… “Thank you so much for creating this place where we could listen and be heard.” “Thanks to everyone who contributed; I’ve felt equally comforted and outraged by your stories.” … and which provided a space for safe expression of fears, difficulties and things that help. “I have appreciated learning from and listening to the perspectives of others without feeling judged, pitied or different.” “It was great to be able to talk in a non judgemental [sic] environment, while learning the similarity & differences joining people with life limiting illnesses”

Participants appreciated the learning that they derived from one another… “It has also many [sic] meant I have a better understanding of my own relationship with my health and conditions. I think there is a long way to go but I feel I have greater acceptance and understanding.” “I found it to be a helpful, informative and sometimes profoundly moving experience.” … which they were able to use to improve their lives. “I am incredibly grateful to this project for finally giving me the language to express who [sic] my chronic illness effects me in a way both that I can explain it to those who need to know, but particularly to decision makers. That has made a huge difference in getting somewhere with getting the help I need.” “I am slightly more confident in ascertaining my own health needs and have improved my relationship(s) with my health providers, or made efforts to, so that I can feel more in control.”

Taking part in the forum gave participants hope for the future: that things could be better and the damage of the past eight years was neither necessary nor inevitable. “As awful and abusive as I think the last 7 years have been for people like us, it’s triggered a kind of activism and urgency in people with chronic illness and the people who care about us that I hope we can come out of the other side in a better place, where we’re treated like people. So, yes, thank you for being part of giving me hope again.” “I have really appreciated this opportunity and think it has great potential… I do hope it continues in some way as it is imperative we chronic illness folk have a platform to air our opinions and experiences; and I hope to work with you all in the near future.”

It was important to participants that the work be taken forward and put into practical effect, rather than being merely more words: “It’s good in that it’s enabled people to express their views but it’s been too wordy – far too concerned with terminology… My understanding of the social model or any other theoretical construct is low because I lose the will to live trying to plough through the words which at the end seem to bear little relation to my life.

However, this project is probably the first stage in disabled people getting together online to campaign for better treatment, especially in relation to our iniquitous benefits system.”

For further information on the project visit chronic-illness-citizenship-mobilising-collective-voice-social-change/

News: Recruitment

DISABILITY ACTION

One in five people in Northern Ireland have a disability.  Disability Action believes in human rights for all and works to promote, protect and uphold the human rights of people with disabilities.  We are a Northern Ireland wide pan disability organisation working with disabled people with various disabilities; physical, mental, sensory, learning and hidden.

The Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning (DRILL) programme is a UK wide research programme delivered in partnership by four major pan-disability organisations in each of the UK nations – Disability Action, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.  The programme is creating a new and innovative research agenda in each nation and UK-wide.  We work with policy makers and senior practitioners to ensure that the research evidence informs positive policy and practice solutions to fit future economic and social trends.

Disability Action wishes to appoint to the following position: –

Evaluation Officer (Ref EOD19)

£14,152 pa / 20 hours per week

Fixed to 31 August 2020

The DRILL Evaluation Officer will be responsible for (i) ensuring that the appropriate monitoring and

evaluation system and tools are in place and are functioning satisfactory to capture the outputs, outcomes and impact of the 32 research and pilot projects funded by DRILL; and (ii) supporting DRILL in the most effective use of the research and pilot evidence provided by the Programme.

The successful applicant must have the following:

  • A third level qualification (i.e. a degree or equivalent level professional qualification) in a relevant discipline with 2 years’ experience of (i) undertaking data collection, data analysis and reporting and (ii) presenting and using research evidence and findings effectively.  (Or alternatively 5 years experience).
  • Experience of the monitoring and evaluation of grant funded projects and producing evaluation reports.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including creative presentation of information and use of data visualisations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office as well as research software.
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and managing a diverse workload.
  • The ability to meet the travel requirements of the post – ie to undertake travel throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the rights of disabled people, and in particular independent living.

Application packs can be downloaded at www.disabilityaction.org: or obtained by emailing [email protected]  The application pack is available in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, etc, on request.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 2pm on Thursday 31 January 2019.

Disability Action is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Applications are particularly welcome from people with disabilities.

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The whole #drilluk Team would like to wish @AntovaIvanka the very best of luck in her new role & say a massive than… https://t.co/FdH9qrn1mL

4 weeks ago
DRILL UK DRILL UK @drill_uk

Please take a moment to look at this online letter from @changepeople_ to the Ministry of Justice highlighting the… https://t.co/P0f6ZjsP93

4 weeks ago
ALLFIE ALLFIE @ALLFIEUK

Our online questionnaires on #SchoolAccessibility close at the end of Feb so get your views in now! 📢… https://t.co/OQ1vZEx3D2

1 month ago
DRILL UK DRILL UK @drill_uk

What do you call a researcher with learning disabilities?
Have a look at this blog https://t.co/TBA2FrKSeL from… https://t.co/zg2plkUfpR

1 month ago