Disability Wales is an independent, not for profit organisation established in 1972. We are a membership organisation of disability groups and allies from across Wales.
We occupy a unique position within Wales by championing the rights, equality and independance of all disabled people regardless of physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulty or mental health condition. We recognise that many disabled people have many identities and can face multiple-discrimination.
We work to the Social Model of Disability which recognises that people are disabled more by poor design, inaccessible services and other people's attitudes than by their impairment.
We are recognised as the lead organisation in Wales in promoting the understanding, adoption and implementation of the Social Model of Disability.
We have provided a model to other disability organisations in Wales on how a traditional organisation set up for disabled people can transform itself to become one that is of disabled people.
We work with all areas of government – local, Assembly, Westminster and Europe – developing policy, campaigning, lobbying, challenging…
We are managed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected and drawn from disabled people across Wales who are active in local and national disability organisations. Any person nominated and elected to the Board of Directors must be a disabled person.
The Regional Areas in Wales:
12. Neath Port Talbot
15. Vale of Glamorgan
16. Rhondda Cynon Taff
20. Blaenau Gwent
21. Merthyr Tydfil