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DRILL Project

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What is DRILL?

DRILL stands for Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning. It is a five-year initiative to deliver the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people. 

People living with impairments or health conditions will work in co-production with researchers and policy makers to develop and oversee research and pilot projects. 

The programme will investigate how public money can be best used to enable disabled people to take part socially, economically and politically as citizens, and what solutions will work best in a changing world.

What do we mean by independent living?

Independent Living means all disabled people having the same choice, control and freedom as any other citizen – at home, at work and as members of the community. 

This does not necessarily mean disabled people ‘doing everything for themselves’, but it does mean that any practical assistance people need should be based on their own choices and aspirations.

Who are we?

Disability Action is a pan disability membership organisation working with people with disabilities.  We want to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in society and bring about attitudinal change through a range of programmes and services.

We want to help bring about real change by working in partnership with disabled people to advocate for a rights based approach to policy and practice.


Sylvia Gordon 
Programme Manager – Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL)

For more information visit our website www.drilluk.org.uk

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