Promoting Disability Confidence in Essex

ecdp is delighted to announce it is hosting a visit from the Government’s Head of the Office for Disability Issues, Pat Russell, on 26 November 2014.

Pat has responsibility for implementing the Government’s ‘Fulfilling Potential’ Disability Strategy and plays a key role in promoting disability across central Government departments and with external partners to support joined up policy making and co-production.

As a leading disability charity in Essex the visit will enable ecdp to showcase the range of its activities to support disabled people to live the lives they choose and contribute to the communities across the county.

At the heart of its success is ecdp’s relationships with partner organisations and over 25 different groups from across the private, public and voluntary sectors will be involved in the visit to talk about how together we are making Essex more Disability Confident.

Mike Adams, CEO of ecdp, acknowledges the vital role of partner organisations in making such a positive difference: ‘We know the success of ecdp is about the relationships we have made with all types of organisations who can influence a person’s life, from sport to education to health and employment. Disabled people want to be an active part of the Essex community and alongside them and partners it is important we enable that to happen. More partners mean we can do more to enhance people’s lives.’

The visit will include presentations from organisations who have become more Disability Confident both as employers and in seeing disabled people as customers. Disabled people will also talk about their own life stories and how ecdp and partners have helped them to make such a positive difference to their lives.

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