Disability Sheffield

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Sheffield Cultural Heritage

About Disability Sheffield

Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living (DSCIL) is a non-profit, grassroots organisation based in Sheffield. Funded by the National Lottery, their aim is to help disabled people ‘to overcome the barriers that prevent them from being fully included in society through the promotion of choice, control and independence’. The organisation focuses on a ‘social approach’ rather than a medical approach, promoting equality and inclusive living by strengthening the voices of disabled people, developing and delivering services, and promoting good practices, across Sheffield and internationally. Their approaches have been recognised as good practice, and have become adopted by Sheffield City Council, NHS Sheffield, and across central government.
DSCIL run a number of projects in different areas related to disabled rights, including housing, benefits, employment, sports and leisure, terminology and etiquette, and money matters. One of their projects is Sheffield Cycling 4 All, a popular initiative that has been featured on television and received national recognition. Based in Hillsborough Park, this project runs public cycling sessions on a range of adapted trikes, especially for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The sessions cater for people’s specific conditions.
Another group run by DSCIL is Sheffield Voices, a self-advocacy group for people with learning disabilities. Based at the Sports and Social Club on Heeley Bank Road, the group is run by people who personally have learning disabilities, and aims to give people in the community a chance to improve their self-advocacy, giving those with disabilities a stronger voice in society. They also run a website promoting their aims, at https://www.sheffieldvoices.org.uk/.
DSCIL run a whole range of support networks for the disabled. They include directories for employment support, helping disabled individuals find the right work for them. They also run a register for personal assistants and individual employers.
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