Posted 03.12.2020

This Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning (DRILL) research project is co-produced by disabled people with three partners - The DRILL National Advisory Group, Disability Action Northern Ireland and The Northern Ireland Social Care Council. 

It explores how attitudes within the social care system impact on the independent living choices of disabled people and tackles two major issues:

  1. Attitudes, which significantly impact on disabled people’s daily lives
  2. Adult social care, which exists to support people to live as independently as possible

The aim of the research was to understand how attitudes impact on disabled people’s experience of social care and, in particular, how these attitudes impact on their independent living choices and experiences. 

Attitudes matter to disabled people. This research allowed space for people to talk about the impacts that attitudes have on their experience of social care. It investigates the experiences of social care workers, social workers and others who work in the social care system to better understand the challenges they face in their work. This work is driven and underpinned by fundamental human rights.

The research report is being launched today as part of our International Day of Disabled People celebrations. 

Download the Full Report

Download the Executive Summary

Download the Easy Read version of the Executive Summary

Download the Appendices

Read more about the DRILL project