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Disability is defined by the World Health Organisation as “A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental or some combination of these. Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.” The voluntary and community sector has made significant contributions to disability, often reaching areas and communities that have been difficult to reach by mainstream providers. This page brings together information and resources about disability and the VCS.

Disability Rights UK launches 'Get Yourself Active' pilots (including Leicester)

Disability Rights UK is in partnership with Sport England to increase the number of disabled people playing sport or to access sporting opportunities.

Funding for peer support projects in 9 pilot areas (including Northamptonsshire)

MIND plan to make 45 grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to organisations that want to offer peer-led peer support to more people, and work with us to build an evidence base for the effectiveness of peer support.

Voting and registering to vote: an easy read guide

The Royal Mencap Society has developed an easy-to-read guide about voting and registering to vote.

Department of Health consultation: Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community

The Department of Health Seeks views to strengthen rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to enable them to live independently.

Community Data Toolkit

The Office for Disability Issue has produced a Community Data Toolkit, which aims to provide everything disability groups and other grassroots organisations need to know about how to analyse and interpret data in one place.

Action Deafness HearNow Forward project

One East Midlands member Action Deafness’ HearNow project, which was funded for three years by Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, has received new funding from the Big Lottery Fund to establish a continuation project.


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