User Led


What is a User Led Organisation?

A User Led Organisation (ULO) is one which is run by and controlled by disabled people of all ages. ULOs give people more choice and control over how their support needs are met.  A report produced by the Prime Ministers Strategy Unit Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People r(2005) recommends that each locality should have at least one ULO.  Typically ULOs provide:

  • Information and advice
  • Peer support and advocacy
  • Support to use a Direct Payment or Personal budget
  • Support to recruit and employ personal assistants
  • Assistance with self assessment
  • Disability Equality Training
  • Support for the implementation of the Equality Duty

As a ULO DAD also responds to the needs of local disabled people and carers, and involves them in designing, delivering and monitoring its services.  DAD’s Memorandum and Articles are designed to ensure that disabled people maintain control of DAD. Our membership reflects the same principle.

DAD works to the Social Model of Disability, and works to remove barriers caused by Society for people with impairments.


How you can support us

As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community, and continue to support people flexibly to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled people and children experience in their everyday lives. We support over 2,000 people every year.  But we need your help.

Click here to find out how you can support us

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