New research project in Northern Ireland led by disabled people


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New research project in Northern Ireland led by disabled people

16 May 2017

Praxis Care, Queens University Belfast and Mencap NI are the latest to receive funding as part of a previously funded 5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people.


The Supported Decision Making Project, which is receiving 90,000, will explore solutions that empower disabled people to directly influence decisions about daily life to major life decisions.  It has been awarded funding from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a five year scheme launched in 2015, led by disabled people and funded by Big Lottery Fund.


The project will be led by disabled people, who will be working alongside academics and policy makers.


Alan Sheeran, Chair of the National Advisory Group, which advises on DRILL projects in Northern Ireland said:


“This project is very timely as Northern Ireland is implementing the Mental Capacity Act and the research will be key in informing the policy and practice of supported decision making, not just here but internationally.”


Paul Webb from Praxis Care said:


“We’re so pleased to be carrying out this very important area of work, the fact that this will be led by disabled people, who are directly impacted by this legislation is the most important factor of the project.”


DRILL has also announced that it is calling for new applications for research or project funds. More information is available from


Launched in 2015, the DRILL programme is fully funded by Big Lottery Fund and delivered by Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales. DRILL is expecting to fund a total of up to 40 research pilots and projects over a 5-year period, all led by disabled people.  Around 1,000,000 has been allocated in this  round of applications. 

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