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Promoting & Celebrating Disability and Disabled People, through Arts, Culture & Education.

Disability Perspectives
Registered Charity 1117578


Our Aims and Objectives

To advance education of the public in the subject of disability through the arts, including but not limited to films, paintings, sculpture and plays.
To promote the arts and advanced education for disabled people.
To promote good health for disabled people.
These objects will be furthered in the UK.


What we do

Education &  training, Advancement of health or saving of lives, Disability Arts / Culture / Heritage / Science / Sport/ Environment / Conservation / Heritage.


Staff Training
Key members of our organisation have completed the heritage Compass course:

Heritage Compass - a brand new Business Support Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Working with our consortium partners Creative United and the Arts Marketing Association, this new programme has been designed to support the sector in developing essential skills in business planning, audience development, leadership and change management, with the aim of creating a better connected, informed and resilient heritage landscape across England. 

Participating organisations will benefit from a range of training, mentoring and peer learning, through which each organisation will develop a clear business plan, a developed income strategy and the tools and knowledge to respond to their specific needs and challenges. The 12-month project is free to take part in and we are delighted to have been able to award a number of access grants to ensure that all organisations are able to engage fully. 
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Celebrating 25 years

Digital Disability is a registered Charity, celebrating working in the arts community for 25 years, playing a leading role in improving prospects for disabled creators across arts, heritage and community work.

Our core services focus on Mentoring & Guidance for individuals, organisations and funders. Working towards commissioning new arts, heritage and community work led by disabled creators, and promoting inclusivity through our permanent collection of digital resources.



Our vision is to create a society where the arts, heritage, community creation and production is open and inclusive at all levels. A place where disabled artists, creatives, heritage specialists and all other disabled people and their non-disabled peers are recognised on an equal footing.


We will achieve our vision by empowering and facilitating disabled people to create new work, generate new knowledge and share experiences through creating deep connections with audiences, creators, and organisations alike, to change how disabled people and their work is created; is viewed; is experienced and utilised (ensuring a significant impact and legacy).

Digital Disability's Core Objectives


Digital Disability  aims to facilitate and empower disabled creators to develop and deliver new work that crosses the boundaries of ‘otherness’

To deepen the level of engagement with audiences to ensure everyone can interact fully with the context of work produced by disabled creators.

To support, inspire and grow the capability of organisations to improve the profile of disabled creators, the profile of their work and their capacity to be fully inclusive of disabled people.

To broker long-term networks between individuals, organisations and funders.


Established & Previous Partnerships

City of Wolverhampton Council

Birmingham City Council

European Network of Independent Living




University of Leeds

University of Teesside

University of Wolverhampton

Munich Film Festival

Seoul Arts Festival

Paris Disability Media Summit

Arts Council of England

British Film Institute


University of Leicester

Peg Leg Productions


104 Films

BBC TV & Radio

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton City Radio

Sky Television


Open University
Shape Nottingham

Shape London

Civic Societies

Awards for All

Lottery Community Fund

Black Country Touring

Channel 4

Heritage Lottery Fund

People Lottery Fund

De Montfort University


Digital Disability's Management & Governance

Digital Disability Trustees include Liz Carr (Oliver Award winning actress), Professor Simon McKeown (University of Teesside) and Anthony Young (Insurance Specialist - Chair of the Trustee Board). 

Digital Disability is led by Dr Paul Darke, a leading disability and arts practitioner who has worked in the field of disability for thirty years. Paul is supported by specialists in marketing/social media who, among other things, work with the City of Wolverhampton Council and the United Nations in their day jobs.


Our Standards

Digital Disability works to the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility UN Compact Principles: applying the 7 Core Principle on Social Responsibility: accountability; transparency; ethical behaviours; respect for stakeholders’ interests; respect for the rule of law; resect for international norms of behaviours; and, respect for human rights (equality, dignity and collective social progress).

Digital Disability Growth Plan


1. To ensure the organisation remains a key player across the arts, heritage and community sectors, our core growth plan is to widen the impact of our work across the UK.

Digital Disability growth objectives are:

To improve the profile and awareness of Digital Disability, to widen the mix of stakeholders involved directly and indirectly with our work.

To improve awareness and engagement with Digital Disabilty's all year-round activity and our digital resources and digital archive.
To broaden our range of disabled creators supported across arts, heritage, media, and academia.

To increase Digital Disabilitiy's capability to evaluate and disseminate the impact of our work to a wider audience.

2.     Challenge and change perceptions across individuals, organisations, and funders to ensure disabled creators are recognised on an equal footing to their non-disabled peers.

To continue to commission new work that empowers disabled creators to produce and experience new perspectives.

To work in partnership with key organisations and funders to ensure work is professionally presented and reaches the widest audience.

To develop and disseminate strategies for audience engagement to foster deeper levels of awareness and interest in work by disabled creators.

3.     Establish effective and sustainable networks with organisations in the UK and beyond that will enable disabled creators to sustain professional careers.

To guide and mentor disabled creators to improve their professional standing and capabilities.

To establish long-term partnerships with organisations across the UK to create improved entry routes for disabled creators.

To create resources for organisations that improve their inclusivity and openness to disabled creators.