DPAC is becoming more accountable by opening itself up to members and developing an election process for a new DPAC steering group.
DPAC will be one year old on 3rd October 2011. They have hosted many protests against the condem regimes, cuts in local authority spending and their impacts, and against Atos and the WCA. DPAC has publicised and reported on the many issues that are affecting disabled people in the attacks led by the condem government. There are also a growing number of local DPACs developing around the UK. DPAC works from the framework of the social model and will continue to do so.
Membership for individuals is free but DPAC suggests a donation to the cause, organisations of disabled people and allies of disabled people are also welcome to become members.
DPAC funds go directly to campaigns, all those working with DPAC work for no fee using the knowledge and skills that DPAC needs to keep going. DPAC wants to open up membership and elect a steering group to take DPAC into the next phase of the fight against the attacks on disabled people.
DPAC Conference 29th October- London
DPAC’s first conference will aim to develop the campaigns and areas that new DPAC members feel are priorities. It will give a chance for disabled people to come together to discuss the issues affecting them and develop solutions and actions.
DPAC is pleased that a number of speakers have agreed to take part in this conference. They include: John McDonnell MP. Tracey Lazard: CEO Inclusion London, Jon McArdle: founder Black Triangle, Julie Jay Charles: founder and CEO Equalities National Council, Melanie Close: CEO Disability Equality North West, Andrew Lee CEO People First, and Gerry Harte talking on young peoples’ involvement
The conference will also be the venue for the election process for the new DPAC steering group.
Places will be limited to a first come first served basis so please book soon. There is a small travel allowance open to members only, again on a first come first served basis.
DPAC would like to thank Stephen Hodgkins of Disability LIB for providing the conference venue, the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust for assistance with travel funds, and all those that have supported DPAC since October 3rd 2010.
See: www.dpac.uk.net for details of membership and conference