Disability Justice Project
The Disability Justice Project supports London DDPOs to use the law to help Deaf/Disabled people make our rights to independent living and access to goods and services a reality.
We believe it is important to use the law to fight for our rights. Building on the success of our DDPO Legal Network, the Disability Justice Project supports London DDPOs to use the law to help Deaf/Disabled people make our rights to independent living and access to goods and services a reality. The project focuses on 3 key pieces of legislation: The Care Act 2014, The Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 and how we can use them to help secure independent living and access to goods and services.
Inclusion London has intervened in the important Davey v Oxfordshire County Council case. Read about what the Davey case means for DDPOs here.
The Disability Justice Project is looking for potential discrimination cases.
Read more details here: Have you experienced discrimination? Do you want to challenge it legally? (2 February 2017)
You can help us get it right by taking 10 minutes to fill in our survey.
It will ask you how you use the Care Act, the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act in your work. We want to make our Disability Justice Project as good as it can be and ensure resources and training we deliver meet the needs of DDPOs.
Our Disability Justice Project will:
- build strong partnerships between DDPOs and lawyers through our DDPO Legal Network. The network will enable DDPOs and leading legal experts to identify and bring test cases to advance our rights to independent living and access to goods and services;
- help DDPOs to find the best lawyers to enable them to support Deaf/Disabled people to legally challenge the breaches of our rights under the Equality Act, The Care Act and the Human Rights Act;
- provide bespoke training sessions and support for information, advice and advocacy workers and managers working in DDPOs so they can make best use of The Care Act, The Equality Act and the Human Rights Act when trying to secure independent living and access to goods and services;
- develop a range of resources for DDPOs on the use and contents of the Human Rights Act the Equality Act and the Care Act.
Get involved and make change happen
Whether you are a DDPO or a lawyer practicing in the field of human rights, public law, community care or discrimination join our Disability Justice Project and help us use the law to secure Disabled people’s rights.
If you are a DDPO by getting involved in this project you will:
- make your information, advice and advocacy service more effective by ensuring staff are trained in the most relevant legislation affecting social care / independent living and access to goods and services and can use it effectively in their work;
- be better placed to empower Deaf and Disabled people to fight for our rights and represent Deaf and Disabled people’s interests more effectively at strategic levels;
- be able to work together with other DDPOs and the lawyers to bring test cases to tackle discrimination and breaches of our human rights.
If you are a lawyer by getting involved in this project you will:
- hear first-hand experiences of Deaf/Disabled people, learn how the laws are working in reality and find out about the priority issues Deaf/Disabled people want addressed;
- help build the capacity of DDPOs to use the law and human rights approaches to fight for our rights;
- be involved in cases which may influence the implementation of the law or legal approaches to the rights of Deaf/Disabled people;
- increase the number of Deaf/Disabled people in your caseload;
- gain an understanding of the social model of disability and the Disabled people’s rights movement, including the history of the independent living movement.
We will not be able to give legal advice to individual Disabled people or support DDPOs on issues which are not related to independent living and access to goods and services or are not within the scope of the Care Act, the Equality Act or the Human Rights Act.
Your right to social care support
Our collection of legal resources about the rights of Disabled people under the Care Act 2014. https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/campaigns-and-policy/facts-and-information/independent-living-social-care-and-health/rights-social-care-support/
The Disability Attitude Readjustment Tool
A guide for Disabled People to sue service providers in England for Disability Discrimination without legal representation. This Guide was written by Doug Paulley – a Disabled person, who has taken numerous disability discrimination cases to court.
Where to find legal advice
Inclusion London’s factsheet with contact details of organisations who will help DDPOs and Disabled people with legal advice and representation
For information on the DDPO Legal Network and to download resources from past network events including the Disability Justice Project launch on 3 November 2016, please visit the DDPO Legal Network page.