Please see below a message from Liz Sayce after 5 years as CEO of Disability Rights UK.
Chelmsford Branch NARPO
It’s been an amazing privilege to be Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, working with individuals and organisations who have joined as members – and who are a growing and increasingly influential network. With our goal of equal participation for all, with disabled people in the lead, together we are:
- Informing more and more disabled people of their rights – for instance, through member organisations using the Disability Rights Handbook and a massive 1.6 million people visiting our website last year.
- “Showing not just telling” how things can be done better through projects – from creating our own knowledge and supporting new leaders to getting active – often delivered jointly with local Disabled People’s Organisations
- Influencing policy, drawing on our members’ experiences and views. Just last month we influenced government to change regulations that could have seen some young disabled people’s benefit cut by 55%; and we have influenced policy to make apprenticeships more inclusive, to get disability included in the Industrial Strategy, to give evidence to the UN on how the UK is doing on the rights of disabled people – and more.
I’m particularly pleased that we have started developing a network of regional ambassadors, and young champions on our I Can Make It campaign, so that together we can influence locally, regionally and nationally.
Meanwhile, the staff team at Disability Rights UK have established a national organisation, led by disabled people, ready for the next stage of its development. Our new CEO Kamran Mallick starts in early July.
I’ve been with Disability Rights UK for 5 years – but working in disability and mental health rights for over 30 years. I’m not about to lose the commitment to equal rights now and I hope I will see some of you in times to come.
Thank you for all your support, engagement and commitment. Here’s to a future of equal participation for all.
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