We inform, educate and advocate
Diversity and Ability is an award-winning social enterprise led by and for disabled people, paving the way for a future where everyone is welcomed and included.
We support individuals, organisations and social justice projects to create inclusive cultures where diversity is valued and people can thrive.
With 85% of our community of staff and associates identifying as neurodiverse and/or disabled, we believe that peer-to-peer support, delivered by those with shared lived experiences, has the potential to make life-changing differences. Our support is tailored to the unique needs of the individual ensuring it’s genuinely empowering. We are particularly keen to highlight the importance of an authentic, intersectional approach to supporting disabled people.
We believe learning differences arise from natural human diversity, as opposed to ‘deficit’ models of understanding disability. We celebrate different learning styles, and the important contributions neurodiversity makes in society.
Everything we do, and how we do it, is underpinned by our five core values.
We’re dismantling the disabling barriers to participation using an intersectional approach.
We provide non-judgmental, empathetic and holistic support for everyone.
We’re ensuring differences are recognised for their strength and value.
We value lived experience, amplify disabled people’s knowledge and voices, and enable peer-to-peer support.
We’re paving the way for a future where everyone is welcomed and included.
How we offer support in the…
We provide a wide range of services such as Assistive Technology training, study skills support and mentoring for the education sector, from DSA-funded student support to opportunities for continued professional development for staff.
Our unique and personalised peer-led approach is so well respected across the country, that alongside DSA support for students, we work with universities such as Imperial College London and Goldsmiths to implement inclusive campus projects.
Our work enables organisations to embrace and advocate diversity through knowledge raising, training, tools and action that is supportive and inclusive for all.
We work to empower ‘disabled’ and neurodiverse employees to reach their potential in the workplace through one-to-one support, workshops and training. D&A also supports employers to benefit from the diverse talents that ‘disabled’ people bring to their organisations.
Cost can be a major factor in preventing people from getting the support they need. D&A believes that your social economic background shouldn’t be the deciding factor in whether you can access support.
That’s why we’re engaged in social justice projects, using our collective experience and expertise to work on projects close to our hearts that support marginalised communities. We work with charities and organisations such as Crisis, Job Centre Plus and St Mungo’s.
D&A have been running a series of digital inclusion and wellbeing workshops for our members at Crisis since 2014. Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people dedicated to delivering life-changing services.
Nahid Behzadi, ESOL Tutor, Crisis
Meet the team
D&A is made up of a vibrant community of passionate and friendly people. We love what we do and what we stand for and invite you to learn more about who we are.
We are a team of like-minded yet diverse people, sharing a passion for social change and educational innovation in the form of enabling technologies and strategies.