“ROFA Conference is no longer taking place in person. However, we are looking into how we can hold all or parts of the conference online, so that we can continue our important work planning our priorities and campaigns over the coming year.

Please continue to register for the conference if you wish to attend remotely so that we can send you updates with how you can be involved!”

Disabled People’s Manifesto 2019

Reclaiming our Futures Alliance has released its Disabled People’s Manifesto, and demands for the first 100 days of the new government!

This manifesto has been written in consultation with Disabled People’s Organisations and Disabled people across the UK, and is based on the social model of disability and the cultural model of deafness. Now we need your help to campaign on it!

What we are calling for

  • Ending austerity, which disproportionately affected Disabled people
  • A planned programme of national and local investment to address the impact of austerity and progress the equality and inclusion for Disabled people,
  • Setting up a National Independent Living Service to replace our failing social care system
  • Deinstitutionalisation and a radical reform to mental health and mental capacity laws,
  • Scrapping Universal Credit and designing a new benefits system in co-production with Disabled people
  • Removing conditionality and sanctions
  • A fully inclusive education system
  • Measures to remove the barriers we face in employment, access to justice, housing and participation in all aspect of life.

We believe it is more important than ever that the political parties truly commit to co-producing its policies with Disabled people and our organisations, and uphold the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’

Disabled People’s Manifesto 2019:

Read ROFA’s Disabled People’s manifesto 2019

Our asks for the new government:

How can you use this manifesto?

We will be sharing this manifesto with political parties and candidates, but we need your help to support our campaign. Here is what you can do:

  • Share this manifesto with your local MP candidates.
  • Interview your MP candidates on some or all of the issues discussed in the manifesto.
  • Hold local hustings!
  • Run a voter registration drive to make sure as many Disabled people local to you have the opportunity to get their voices heard on polling day!
  • Use the local press and social media to publicise your events and our demands!

We have lots of information and ideas on what DDPOs can do on elections and voting, including legal responsibilities under Charity Law and the Lobbying Act, which can be accessed here: Election Resources and Guides.

National independent Support Service

Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance vision on the future of independent living for Disabled people was developed through two national consultation meetings and an online consultation with disabled people and DPOs in England.  For independent living to be a reality for Disabled people, we need a system that provides the right type, amount, quality and range of support options. The current social care and welfare systems are not up to the task and Disabled people’s experiences of independent living are going backwards while being subject to a dramatic post code lottery. Here is our vision:

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