Disability Cornwall
About Us


We are a user led charitable organisation, initially founded as the Cornwall Disability Forum (CDF) in 1997 by a small group of disabled people who felt they needed a representative voice.


Although our offices are in Hayle, West Cornwall, we serve the whole county and the Isles of Scilly.


The charity was initially formed to deliver forum events which provided a platform on which disabled people could air their views and opinions, meet with each other and decision makers alike, and collectively have a stronger impact.


In 2005 we merged with a sister charity, ALLDIS, and rebranded the organisation to disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, under which our work has developed over the years and in consultation with our stakeholders, we now deliver our mission using our new RISE approach:


Represent     Include     Support     Empower


Our formal Constitution was originally adopted in April 1997 and was updated in 2003 and 2006 respectively. As of 11 November 2010, our organisation became incorporated and we became disAbility Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Ltd.


We operate an open invitation to our Membership and do not exclude anyone from our discussion platform. Membership is open to individuals and organisations as stated in the membership documents. Individual membership will at all times constitute a minimum of 51% disabled people.


We currently deliver a range of support services for children or adults living with a long term health condition or disability, their families and carers. Please see the full menu to review what we do and what we can offer.


Our aim is to:


Make Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly a better place to live for everyone.

About Disability Cornwall




We are governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees / Directors, which will always consist of no less than six members and no more than twelve and a minimum of 75% disabled people to ensure we remain user-led. The Trustees have general control over the management and administration of the charity and carry ultimate responsibility.


The Social Model of Disability


The 'Social Model' underpins all of our work. It explains that:


  • Disability is caused by society's failure to adapt to the different ways in which people with impairments accomplish activities

  • Society in general (and the non-disabled majority in particular) bears the responsibility for disabling people who are prevented from accomplishing activities in their own ways

  • Disability can be best overcome by society learning to adapt to the variety of its citizens.


(We have used the term 'disabled people' because it implies the environment and not the impairment disables the people. Other people prefer 'people with disabilities' to 'disabled people' as it puts the person first. Neither is wrong as it generally comes down to individual preference.)


Our Mission is:


To represent, include, support and empower disabled people, their families and carers in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.


disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly is proudly funded and supported by


rank LLODYS the duchy Health Charity
nhs claretr 100x100_cornwall_council HenrySmith Independent Support Funded by Comic Relief


And honours the legacy of the Cornwall Disabled Association


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