Project Summaries

Welcome to the project summaries page of the DRILL website.

We wanted to ensure that all the project findings were easily available, so have summarised them on this page.

Each summary includes:

  • Information about DRILL
  • What each project was trying to achieve 
  • The approach the project took
  • What the findings were
  • What recommendations have been made.


We’re broken them down into broad categories. Many of the projects covered more than one subject or policy area. Coproduction was an essential requirement to receive DRILL funding, for example. We’ve aimed to place each project in its most relevant category.

All the summaries have a link at the bottom which will take you to any final report, toolkit or other resources projects have produced.

Housing and social care

Piloting a social care co-operative
North West Care Co-operative

An evaluation of the Dementia NI Service
A translational case study of empowerment in practice: an evaluation of the Dementia NI Service

Best practice for disabled people in social housing
Match me?: what works for adapted social housing lettings?

Supporting disabled parents
Upholding the independence of disabled parents: Re-imagining Children’s Services in co-production with disabled parents and professionals

Attitudes within the social care system on independent living
See me as a human being: How do attitudes within the social care system impact on the independent living choices of disabled people?

Easy read version

Employment

Exploring the career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession
Legally disabled? The career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession in England & Wales: developing future strategies

Cyfreithiol Anabl? Profiadau Gyrfa Pobl Anabl yn y Proffesiwn Cyfreithiol yng Nghymru a Lloegr: Datblygu Strategaethau ar gyfer y Dyfodol

Ways for self-advocates to earn money
The Bridge: Changing attitudes and communities by turning skills and experience into earnings for self-advocacy organisations and self-advocates

Cymraeg:  Y Bont: newid agweddau a chymunedau drwy droi sgiliau a phrofiad yn enillion ar gyfer sefydliadau hunan-eirioli a hunan-eiriolwyr 

Easy read versions:
Belonging in the business world
Behind the scenes
Personal journey
Leap of faith

Employing people with learning disabilities in learning disability services
Learning by doing together

Exploring employer perceptions on barriers to work for disabled people
Disabled people getting on and staying on

Barriers to employment for people with sickle cell disease
Barriers and enablers to employment: black disabled people living with Sickle Cell Disorder

Activities

Co-producing an inclusively designed exhibition for visually impaired people
Co-producing an inclusively designed exhibition with partially sighted, blind and elderly participants

Empowering people with mental health problems to take part in exercise
Empowering people with psychosocial disabilities’ participation in physical exercise

Rate it! Consumer product reviews by disabled people
Rate it! Consumer product reviews by disabled people

Disabled women

Tackling violence and abuse against disabled women
Tackling violence and abuse against disabled women in coproduction with mental health, social care and housing services

Exploring the experiences and barriers faced by disabled Asian women
Humare Avaaz (Our Voice) – exploring the experiences and barriers faced by disabled Asian women

Children and young people

Examining young people’s attitudes to disability
Disability Rights UK: Young people’s attitudes to disability

Exploring how patterns of friendship change with young disabled people
Young people and friendships – what matters to us?

Cymraeg:  Pobl ifanc a chyfeillgarwch – beth sy’n bwysig i ni? 

Defining quality Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
Q-PLANS: Defining quality and rights-based Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for disabled young people

Assessing whether accessibility plans are effective tools for inclusion in schools
Reasonable adjustments and their effectiveness in education and training post Equality Act 2010

Exploring the transition from childhood to adulthood for disabled young people
ImaYDiT (“I Made It”)” Imagining young disabled people’s transitions in a time for major societal change

Improving services

Exploring the barriers Deaf people face when accessing the justice system
Implementing Article 13 of the UNCRPD: Enhancing Deaf people’s communication access to justice in Northern Ireland

Exploring the potential of disabled people as foster carers
Mutual benefits: the potential of disabled people as foster carers

Exploring how people with learning disabilities can influence the policy of adult safeguarding
Getting our voices heard – safeguarding you, safeguarding me

Easy read version

Examining the barriers faced by autistic people
An auternative research project: strategies, barriers, good practice and recommendations

Accessible toilets on the move
Transport and Toilets: Finding solutions which maximise the design and findability of accessible toilets when travelling

Changing attitudes of service providers for disabled people with other protected characteristics
Services for who? Changing attitudes of service designers and deliverers which underpin discrimination experiences by disabled people with other protected characteristics

Project checking toolkit for people with learning disabilities
Developing a toolkit that self-advocates can use to check if projects deliver what they promise

Cymraeg:  Datblygu pecyn cymorth y gall hunan-eiriolwyr ei ddefnyddio i wirio p’un a yw prosiectau’n cyflawni’r hyn maen nhw’n ei addo 

Support

Exploring decision making processes with disabled people with mental health and learning difficulties
Supported decision making – experiences, approaches and preferences

Easy read version

Examining barriers to people with mental health problems engaging in civic and public life
Increasing participation in civic and public life: coproducing solutions

Promoting the framework for independent living in the chronic illness community
Chronic Illness Inclusion Project – mobilising a collective voice for social change

Does it matter? Decision-making by people with learning disabilities
Does it matter? Decision-making by people with learning disabilities

Easy read version

Supporting victims of sexual violence who have a learning disability accessing the justice system
‘JustUS’. Getting the right support for victims of sexual violence (who have a learning disability) within the justice system

People with learning disabilities and intimate relationships
The right to a relationship: Addressing the barriers that people with learning disabilities face in developing and sustaining sexual relationships

Easy read version

Peer support and peer research

Coproduction in disability research: developing future strategies
Disability Wales – coproduction in disability research: developing future strategies

Cymraeg:  Cyd-gynhyrchu mewn ymchwil anabledd: datblygu strategaethau ar gyfer y dyfodol 

What works best to make peer support projects successful
Peer support in progress: what works best to make peer support projects successful