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The Bristol Disability Equality Forum (DEF) is a membership organisation. It provides disability equality advice and consultancy to the statutory sector and campaigns on disability equality issues.
It does this through:
- public meetings where Disabled people can
feedback on policy and service issues;
- working groups;
- lobbying for better disability equality;
- providing Disabled people with more opportunities to get
involved e.g. becoming a school governor;
- sits on a range of committees and commissions; and
- providing Disabled people with information on
a range of topics.
Members have lots of opportunities to be actively involved in all the Forum's work and more volunteers who can work from home are welcome.
Membership is open to any Disabled person living, working or studying in the Bristol area, regardless of ethnic identity, class, faith, age, sex, sexuality or gender orientation.
The Forum aims to meet all access needs they are informed of, in advance, including access needs-related expenses.
All meetings/events are held in accessible buildings and members can claim accessible transport costs if the are unable to use public transport.
The Forum will becoming a fully independent Voluntary sector organisation from April 2010. It is also talking to other equalities organisations about forming a consortium.
They have also recently succeeded in getting the Council to insist that every Neighbourhood Partnership has an equalities representative, from that Partnership area, on its Steering Group. If you are interested in being that person where you live, please contact the DEF towards the end of February.
These are exciting times for the Forum so if you would like to join us, contact Laura Welti to talk about what aspect of their work you would like to be involved in.