Talking about disability – Launch event

Spoiler Alert: We can all do it better. This guide fixes that.

Date:           Thursday 29 February
Time:           11am to 1pm
Where:        Online via Zoom


Changing the conversation on disability

Working with strategic communication experts eight London DDPOs have created a guide that tackles the disconnect between how we talk about disability and how disability is really perceived by the public. Find out about the messaging that really works and how you can use these new ways of talking about disability  to connect with new groups of people and spark change. Sign up to our launch event for the overview on the learning and guide and to sign up to free expert workshops taking place on: 25 April, 2 May and 9 May 10am to 12.30pm.  More information on how to book to follow.

Are you a DDPO tired of being misunderstood?

Do you feel your messages about disability rights and the social model aren’t landing the way they should with the public, policymakers, and even funders?

You’re not alone!

For years, DDPOs have struggled to effectively communicate the true lived experiences of Disabled people and the transformative power of the social model of disability. But that’s about to change.

Working with strategic comms experts, eight DDPOs got together and developed a guide based on extensive research on how effective we are as a a DDPO sector talking about disability, the social model and our organisations.

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The harsh reality: How our current communication strategies are failing to resonate with the public on disability issues.
  • The missing piece: Powerful message frames and narratives that spark real change in hearts and minds.
  • Actionable insights: Practical strategies you can implement immediately to craft impactful communication that gets results.
  • Building a movement: How to use the guide to help us unite as a DDPO sector and amplify our collective voice for disability rights.

This guide is more than just a resource. It’s a call to action.

Join us at the launch event and be among the first to:

  • Get an overview of the juiciest bits in guide for key takeaways that you can apply straight away.
  • Hear directly from the DDPOs and partners who developed it.
  • Network with other passionate advocates.
  • Talking about Disability: Unleash the power of strategic communication for disability rights.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Delve deeper into the guide: Sign up for a series of three workshops designed to help you take your DDPO’s comms to the next level. Master message framing, craft compelling narratives, and amplify your impact.
  • Join a powerful community: Become part of our new Community of Practice for Comms. Share best practices, collaborate with peers, and stay ahead of the curve in disability rights communication.

Together, we can shift the narrative and create a more inclusive and just world for everyone.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the movement.

Who has been involved in this project?

Lead DDPO Partners

  • Inclusion London
  • Inclusion Barnet

Partner DDPOs

  • Action on Disability
  • Camden Disability Action
  • Choice in Hackney
  • REAL
  • RUILS Independent Living
  • Merton Centre Independent Living


  • Equally Ours

Who is the event for:

This event will be useful for all London DDPOs who want to communicate more effectively and truly shift the hearts and minds of the public, funders, commissioners, decision makers and service providers to garner greater support and more buy-in to the disability justice movement. This event is for dedicated comms staff, anyone covering comms work and CEOs or anyone carrying out or interested in using tried and tested practical comms tools and resources to influence change.

What is a DDPO?

Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) are organisations that are run and controlled by Deaf/Disabled people, with Deaf/Disabled people representing at least 75% of Trustees and over 50% of paid staff. If you aren’t sure whether you are eligible to book onto the training please do contact us to check

How to book:

To book a place, click the ‘Book your free ticket’ button above. Once your booking is approved you will receive an email to confirm. During the week prior to the training we will send you joining instructions.

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