DDPO Legal Network

The DDPO Legal Network brings Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations and lawyers together to increase awareness and understanding of current case law and legislation affecting Deaf and Disabled people.

About the Legal Network

The network explores how DDPOs can best use case law and legislation in their advice, advocacy, policy and campaigns work. The network also aims to build effective partnership working between lawyers and DDPOs, including identifying strategic issues that may benefit from legal action.

The network meets quarterly on priority themes identified by DDPOs. Past network themes have included:

  • The Care Act
  • Disability Hate Crime
  • Inclusive education
  • Using the UN Convention of rights of people with disabilities (UNCRPD)
  • Using the law to challenge cuts to DDPOs.

Network members hear expert contributions from lawyers and disability rights activists, have the chance to discuss and debate and have time at the end of each meeting to network with lawyers.

Who can join this network?

You can attend the DDPO Legal network if you are an individual representing a DDPO or a wider disability sector organisation. A maximum of two representatives from each organisation can attend the quarterly meetings.

Lawyers and solicitors are also welcome to attend.

Interested in joining?

Please contact Svetlana Kotova:

DDPO Legal Network Meetings

Information about our most recent DDPO Legal Network Meeting is given below.

Creative Use of the Equality Act 2010

Wednesday 15th May 2019 6.00-8.00pm

At this meeting we discussed how the Equality Act 2010 can be used to challenge discrimination in housing, during assessments for benefits and in other public functions.

Materials from the meeting:

For a complete list of all previous Legal Network meetings, with presentations, visit the DDPO Legal Network archive pages.

Legal Network Meetings are also posted on our Disability Justice Project website