The UK, Welsh and Scottish governments, and the Northern Ireland Executive, share a strong commitment to supporting disabled people to enjoy the choice and control so vital to independent living.
A huge range of organisations and individuals have shaped the development of this strategy.
The UK Disability Survey launched in January 2021 and ran until April. Thousands of people responded to inform this strategy, including disabled people,1 families and carers.
We also have worked with Policy Lab, which brings people-centred design approaches to policy-making, to build a more in depth understanding of the everyday experience of disabled people.2 This work took place in 2020, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and aimed to deepen our understanding of the everyday experience of 11 disabled people.
Findings from the UK Disability Survey and our lived experience research are being published alongside this strategy. We hope these are useful additions to the qualitative and quantitative evidence base on disability, as well as useful context for the development of this strategy.
The UK Disability Survey and lived experience research complements a wider programme of engagement which has been running since February 2020, including:
• meetings with our existing disability stakeholder forums:
• 42 regional meetings of the nine Regional Stakeholder Networks (RSNs) involving disabled people, their organisations, parents and carers, totalling 225 members
• 10 meetings with the Disability Charities Consortium, a group of 10 of the UK’s largest disability charities
• 4 meetings of the Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) Forum
• 11 roundtable discussions with a total of 98 disabled people about their experiences in daily life
• 6 cross-cutting thematic groups with a total of 130 attendees including disabled people and representatives from DPOs, charities, academia and think tank