Welcome to the 2018 edition of Forward Mid’s Directory for Disabled People.
In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon penned the phrase " Information is power. " 421 years on this is still true – perhaps even more so now than then. It’s certainly the case for disabled people and carers.
With correct, relevant and up to date information disabled people can be empowered to exercise their rights, receive the support they need and make their own choices on how they want to live. Without this information disabled people can become isolated, disenfranchised and suffer from low self esteem.
Our aim with this directory is to give physically disabled people, their families, their carers and people with long-term conditions practical, relevant, up-to-date and hopefully liberating information - information that can give people the knowledge and therefore the power they need to take control of how they want to live their lives.
When I became disabled 18 years ago I entered a world I knew nothing about. Very quickly I felt helpless and frustrated with the lack of readily available information. What kind of help and support was available for me to live a ‘normal’ life? Who could help me with the mysteries of the benefits system? I had lots of questions but no one to ask.
The purpose of the Forward Mid directory is to help disabled people, their families or carers find practical, useful information which can dramatically improve their lives. To find answers to the same questions I had 18 years ago as well as solutions to the everyday problems which still seem part of the territory for disabled people.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of contacts that have all the answers but I’m sure that if the group or organisation you contact can’t help you then they will know someone who can.
Chair, Forward Mid
Sir Francis Bacon was the first person attributed to the phrase " Information is power. " It dates back to 1597.
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