Dewis Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L.)

A voluntary organisation working in six Local Authorities

Dewis CIL’s mission statement, the aims and objectives of the organisation, and how we adopt the Social Model of Disability in our practice

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Dewis CIL’s mission statement, the aims and objectives of the organisation, and how we adopt the Social Model of Disability in our practice

Mission Statement

Dewis Centre for Independent Living is a voluntary organisation of disabled people and non-disabled people. The Organisation recognises ‘choice’ as a fundamental human right. We believe that through informed choices disabled people can gain greater independence and control over their lives. The Organisation is dedicated to providing services which support and respond to disabled people’s desire to have choice in their lives.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide a wide range of services to disabled people:
  • who wish to take greater control over their community care needs
  • which enhance ‘choice’ and ‘control’ in their lives and promote independence
  • which respond to disabled people’s needs and take into account their opinions of these services.
  1. To provide disabled people, their families, their advocates and their supporters with useful, practical and accessible information on independent living.
  2. To supply disabled people, their families, their advocates and their supporters with a comprehensive support scheme which will enable the employment of personal assistants
  3. To create greater opportunities for disabled people to develop their own independence and to benefit from wider social inclusion.
  4. To recruit, develop and train volunteers and others in furtherance of these aims.
  5. To continue to develop its services for and with the co-operation and views of disabled people in accordance with Dewis C.I.L.’s beliefs.

 

The Social Model of Disability

Dewis Centre for Independent Living is a disabled people’s organisation which promotes the Social Model of Disability. We believe that understanding and adopting the thinking behind the Social Model of Disability can help liberate disabled people creating greater inclusion of disabled people in our communities and more equal opportunities..

The philosophy of the Social Model of Disability focuses on the barriers which face disabled people in our society which can disadvantage, restrict and discriminate. These can be environmental and access barriers, organisational and procedural barriers, and perhaps most harmful of all attitudinal barriers, in other words negative attitudes towards disabled people.

The Social Model of Disability sees an important distinction between ‘impairment’ and ‘disability’. It recognises that people with impairments may face restrictions as a consequence of an impairment, but that it’s the various barriers which commonly exist in a society which actually disables and disadvantages people who have impairments.  The Social Model of Disability requires society to remove the barriers in order that all people have equality.