Access to Information: A Review of the Provision of Disability Information

summary:

This is the final report from the National Disability Information Project team. It reviews the development of information and advice services for disabled people and sets this within the wider context of the growth of advice services and the emergence of the disability rights movement.

The book describes the evolution and operation of the National Disability Information Project and reviews the work undertaken by the 12 local pilot projects. It identifies the factors that determine the success of these local services. The book also considers the provision of disability information by national organisations and suggests ways in which this provision can be strengthened.

Contents:

Part 1: The Origins of NDIP

  • The development of advice services
  • Equal opportunities for disabled people
  • Information and citizenship
  • The path to NDIP

Part 2: The Players in NDIP

  • The pilot projects
  • The project team
  • The evaluation team
  • National information providers
  • Local disability information and advice centres

Part 3: The Achievements

  • Aims and objectives
  • Meeting the needs of users
  • An adequate supply of appropriate information
  • An even pattern of provision
  • An adequate and stable source of funding
  • Well-trained and well-paid staff
  • Cheap, reliable and effective information systems
  • Development should not take place in isolation
  • An infrastructure to support further development

Part 4: Was it all Worth it?

  • National information providers
  • Local disability information and advice services
  • Was it all worth it?