The Manchester Disabled People’s Project empowers disabled adults of all ages who live in Manchester City to be in charge of our own lives and well-being, by enabling us to learn how to effectively respond to and challenge discrimination, how to express our access needs within our relationships and the wider community, how to advocate for accessibility and fair and equal treatment of oneself and other people, and how to resist and dismantle disablist discrimination in all its forms.
Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People has some funded projects running for disabled people across Greater Manchester.
GMCDP has a long history of being led by strong activists, and our Shaping Our Inclusion project is working with young disabled people who would continue this and are interested in activism, campaigning and leadership. We are working with young people (under 30) to get involved in the organisation and take on roles such as Executive Board members, leaders, trainers, representatives and activists.
Young Disabled People Advice & Advocacy Project is a service for young people who identify as disabled and are in crisis. Many young disabled people experience (or have experienced) discrimination and barriers because they have impairments. This project is flexible in that it allows for the advice/advocacy offered to be tailored to the needs of the individual (within the boundaries of the project).
The Self-developed project aims to support young disabled people to develop a range of skills, knowledge and experiences that will enable them to live more independently, have more choice and control over their lives and be able to shape and access services, activities and opportunities in their local communities. We support young disabled people to develop the confidence and resilience to tackle discrimination and (through access to positive role models) increase their confidence and aspirations.
GMCDP provides transcription services for individuals and organisations who wish to produce their information in accessible formats. We currently provide both braille and audio services at competitive rates.
GMCDP currently runs training sessions for young disabled people and service providers. Young disabled people can receive some intervention work in positive self image. Service providers can access Disability Action Training.