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Who we are and what we believe
DASL was set up in 2001, having previously operated since 1984 as a project of a larger charity, Lambeth Accord, under the name ‘In the Know’.
We are proud to be a Disabled People’s Organisation which believes in the Social Model of Disability and works towards full equality for Disabled People as represented by the 12 Pillars of Independent Living. Our aim is to enable disabled people to obtain the services to which they are entitled, make choices about how and where they live and play an active role in their communities. Our charity is controlled by disabled people through our Management Committee, which has a majority of disabled trustees, and our growing membership.
Our job is to provide a range of high quality information, advice and advocacy services, support with direct payments, community development work, and activities programmes.
We are members of national / London organisations which campaign for disabled people’s rights including Inclusion London and Disability Rights UK and we work closely with many other local disability, mental health and carers’ organisations to improve services for disabled people in Lambeth.
A brief history
We have provided advice and information services for disabled people since the 1980s and the independent Direct Payments Support Service for Lambeth since 1999. From 2009 to March 2015, we also provided information and general advice services to carers as part of the consortium delivering the Carers Hub Lambeth. From 2011 to March 2015, we were a major partner in Lambeth Resolve, a consortium of local charities which provided information, advice and advocacy to older and disabled people.
What we do now
From April 2015, a new partnership, the Independent Living and Carers’ Partnership has started work. DASL is providing a number of key services for the ILCP - Direct Payments Support, Professional Advocacy, and Community Development work with Disabled People
We operate from fully accessible office premises at ‘We are 336’ (the new name for the Lambeth Accord Centre) in Brixton, in the centre of this multicultural south London borough.
You can download a leaflet about our services here You can download a booklet about our services here DASL_General_Booklet_Sept2015.pdf
We produce an Annual Review on the work we have done over the past year. Our latest review can be downloaded here - DASL_Annual_Review_2015-2016.pdf - but please contact us if you would like a full colour printed copy which is free of charge.