Recent stories we’ve shared highlight the importance of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK. Ongoing emergency funding is needed to build on the achievements of this DPO COVID-19 NET Emergency Fund and the determination of DPOs to support disabled people locally.  

A clearer understanding of the value of DPOs and how they differ from non-user-led disability charities is needed.

A Disabled Peoples Organisation is one whose constitution requires it to have a membership and board with a majority of disabled people and whose objectives are the rights and equality of disabled people.

DPOs, as organisations set up and run by local disabled people, have a better understanding of local issues, barriers and opportunities as well as local Disabled people’s need and views. DPOs often play a key role in making local services more accessible and actively enable public bodies to meet their Equality Act duties.

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