The annual report 2018-2019 takes a bird’s eye look at our work, and focuses on key areas that highlight our impact. Throughout 2018-2019 our main driver has been to enable disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to lead ordinary lives. As you will see from reading the annual report, this approach underpins all of our work whether it be our Quality of Life programme, our work with the NHS or our leadership development work. 

When we work across England we often meet people who simply think we are too “aspirational” or even naive. They look at us aghast, thinking that an individual is far too disabled or far too complex to live in their own home in an ordinary street. We understand that if people haven’t seen this work before it’s difficult to imagine it being possible, and we also understand that often a variety of factors can come together to make it increasingly difficult for a person to live independently in their own home. However, we also know through our experience what is possible for individuals and it is this drive for an ordinary life that flows through each piece of work. 

In this annual report for 2018-2019, we have highlighted seven examples of our work to illustrate its breadth and impact. These examples include: our work in grassroots communities; work developing the potential of young disabled leaders; Quality of Life review work which drills down into people’s lives and the support services give them to unlock a life of equality and potential; work with the NHS to challenge and improve a system which still results in the premature deaths of people with learning disabilities; developing a series of stories which show what life can be like when you purchase your own support via a personal budget and research which aims to measure the impact of postural care on quality of life. 

Across all of these examples the team has challenged discrimination and inequality and pushed for greater opportunities for people to be living ordinary lives.

If you are interested in the work we undertook in 2018-2019, please see the report below.