Equality Together Bradford is a local user-led organisation for disabled people, their carers and families. Their services are currently available to people who live in the Bradford Metropolitan District. Some of their services include Self and Group Advocacy.
Non Statutory Self & Group Advocacy is about taking control of decisions about yourself and telling others what you want.
At Equality Together, their aim is to help you speak up and have your voice heard. They have a few ways of doing this.
One way of doing this is through the Disabled People’s Action Group. The Disabled People’s Action Group (DPAG) is a new group of people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health issues, learning disabilities and long-term illness.
Their aim is to build on the work done by the Disabled People’s Forum, focusing on campaigning and highlighting issues concerning people with disabilities.
The logo is a dark grey square with ‘Disabled People’s Action Group’ in white text down the left side. A large orange arrow symbol is on the right, pointing right. Bradford and District is in dark grey text on an orange rectangle at the bottom.
My name is Daniella Jade Lowe. I am a PURSUN researcher and I am working on marketing myself as an Accessibility Consultant. Journalism and Politics are my passion. I have a BA degree in History and Politics.
What type of disability do you have?
At birth, I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus which are neurological conditions. As a result, I use a wheelchair for mobility.
What is disability to you?
The only disability is a bad attitude. I have a disability. It doesn’t completely define me; it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as an ability: to see the world in a different way. I don’t really like the term because sometimes it indirectly implies someone is dysfunctional or helpless. The most important thing is to never make assumptions. Someone with a disability can be very, physically, fit and strong, highly intelligent and articulate.
What has been your experience from the time you remember till now? - positive and negative experiences.
My life as a wheelchair user has been generally okay. Wheelchair Accessibility is frustrating. I was teased a little in school. Other than that, life is great.
How do you cope with: -daily activities - your disability, do you have times when you are down - people's reactions towards you.
I have carers, a Social worker, District Nurses, a GP, and extended family in this country. I am also in contact with a local disability charity in Yorkshire. I also have a friendly landlord.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
I must stay organised and practice good time management. I also prioritise my plans.
What is your word or advice - to those with disabilities? - to the society
Don’t let people put you in a box. You have a voice, use it.
10. Tell us about your platforms if you have any-
Blog: The View from Where I Sit
Facebook: Daniella Jade Lowe
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