There are 14.6 million disabled people in the UK today – that’s 1 in 5 people – with 7 million people having a disability that affects their mobility. Covid-19 caused significant challenges for disabled people, affecting their health, lifestyles and wellbeing.
The fundamentals of our vision, mission and values are the same now as they were four years ago. We have taken this opportunity to reflect on how we express our purpose and these statements have been refreshed and updated. They now reflect the social model of disability which essentially states that people are disabled by barriers in society and not by their impairment or difference.
Designability believes that it is not a person’s condition or impairment that creates a disability, but barriers in society that disable people. Our purpose is to remove these barriers and ensure disabled people have an equal opportunity to be independent and live the life they choose. We do this by convening and harnessing the perspectives of disabled people and their lived experience. By using the principles of person centred design, we listen to disabled people and co-design innovative products and services that enable disabled people to be independent.
A future where disabled people live the life they choose.
To create equality of opportunity for disabled people by removing barriers to independence.