Darlington Association on Disability

Darlington Association on Disability is an organisation led by disabled people, which exists to promote independence and choice. DAD supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and by tackling issues affecting disabled people both locally and nationally.

DAD acts as a focal point for consultation with disabled people and carers. It also manages a range of services / projects to support its aims.

It exists to promote independence and choice, and supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and by tackling issues locally and nationally. DAD promotes the social model of disability, and as part of that remit is actively involved in promoting disability equality and awareness of anti discrimination legislation.

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need. 
DAD’s Advocacy Project is a free and independent service for individuals and carers. DAD can support people who:

• live in Darlington and have been assessed to use or need to use Adult Social Care Services and have difficulty in putting their views across to the council. This is known as general advocacy.

• are subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, revised 2007. This is known as Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).

• have been authorised to be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This is known as Relevant Person`s Representative (RPR).