Disability Cornwall
Disability Cornwall Research

What is Research?

All our services are based on sound research that demonstrates and supports the need and usefulness of our services and work. Each of our services has research behind it to demonstrate what we do and why we do it. Our Disability Information Advice Line (DIAL), discover magazine, Personal Budgets employer support service, and all our other work are shaped by research activity.


Current Funded research activity

DC History – funded by Hertitage Lottery Fund



This 16-month research project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). We are video interviewing disabled people who live in Cornwall to hear their experiences within their lifetimes, and whether things have changed in specific areas of their lives. The project will generate video interviews, which we will place online and show at events across Cornwall in 2014.

Cornwall Disability Research Network

We created the Cornwall Disability Research Network project in 2006 with a range of partners. The purpose of the network is to provide a forum to share research skills and expertise in Cornwall among like-minded people. Our key partner in this is Cornwall College, with whom we hold an annual event in October. This brings together researchers from across the UK and further afield to share their research on a range of topics.

Our key research focus is based on ideas around disability and rurality. This is an under researched and under theorised research topic. Most other disability research centres in the UK, and across the world, are based in urban university settings. Our project breaks this mould by locating the research activity with Disability Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, and therefore outside of academia.

The next CDRN will take place at Cornwall College, Pool, on Friday 1st November 2013


Useful publications

Numbers of disabled people in Cornwall - January 2013
UK Comparative Adult Social Care data - January 2013


Please contact Dr. Theo Blackmore for any further information about our Research on the below contact details


T.  01736 756655



How our work has made a difference

The NASCIS data research and the 'Numbers of disabled people in Cornwall' research informed out lobbying and campaigning work in 2012/2013, as well as our interactions with Health and Social Care providers in Cornwall.

The History research we are currently working will be used in an educational way with disability organisations in Cornwall, with colleges, statutory and voluntary sector service providers, and with disabled people themselves.


Disability Cornwall is proudly funded and supported by


rank HLF HenrySmith TTCF
tsb claretr 100x100_cornwall_council 100x100_southwest_foundation nhs


And honours the legacy of the Cornwall Disabled Association

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