Changing social care: an inclusive approach

Leadership for change and improvement: Communicate

In Disability Wales, the criteria for membership had to change to ensure that it was in line with the purpose of the organisation. Currently, only organisations whose boards are comprised of majority disabled persons are allowed membership. This decision was taken to ensure that the underlying purpose of the organisation ran throughout its activities. The organisation encountered some participants who believed this tactic was ‘reverse discrimination’. It has had to learn to tailor its message to these groups and reiterate to them that, ‘It’s not about discrimination, but ownership. If the group is about disability, then it should be led by disabled people. Non-disabled people should be in supportive roles or as allies rather than leaders’

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