Welcome to the online home of the Disability Law Service
Our mission is to provide free legal advice to people with disabilities and their carers to ensure that they have access to their rights and justice.

We advise on community care, employment, housing and welfare benefits.

Who We Are

Disability Law Service is a unique charity that has been providing free legal advice and representation for disabled people since 1975.

What We Do

We provide a vital service to some 4,000 people each year, many of whom are in distress as a result of discrimination or improper care.

Why We’re Needed

People with disabilities find it increasingly difficult to access the law.

Our free legal service is vital.

How You Can Help

Whether by volunteering, donating, or by persuading your company that training by DLS is important, you can make a vital contribution to our work.

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Free Legal Advice Online

DLS provides free advice via information, factsheets, training courses and telephone and written advice in areas relevant to people with disabilities and their carers.

Free Legal Advice

Legal Training by DLS

DLS is able to provide bespoke legal training to corporates and charities at extremely competitive costs.

Training for Corporates

Training for Charities

Success Stories

Our service can have a life-changing beneficial impact. We are proud to have some wonderful success stories.

Success Stories

Our Patrons

Professor Luke Clements

Luke Clements, the Cerebra Professor of Law and Social Justice at Leeds University, is a distinguished academic and lawyer who brings his insights to inform our policy work and campaigns.
Read more about Luke here.

Rt. Hon. Sir Ed Davey MP

Sir Ed, whose distinguished parliamentary career began in 1997 and who has served on the cabinet as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is a keen champion of the rights of disabled people.
Read more about Sir Ed here.

Andrew Small

Paralympian 100 metre medallist, Andrew Small, is a proud patron of Disability Law Service.  Inspired by the 2012 London Paralympics, Andrew has found success after an incredibly short period of time and we are convinced that his support of our charity will be equally successful.
Read more about Andrew here.

Latest Developments

Discrimination against autistic children survey results are in

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey for autistic children.

The results show that 94% of autistic children have been refused an assessment by their Local Authority Children with Disabilities team. Additionally, 80% of those children were not referred for an alternative assessment. 97% of families agreed with us that policies need to change so that autistic children are not excluded from an assessment.

Our survey shows that the social care system is failing children who are on the autistic spectrum. The failure of providing an assessment is having a detrimental effect on their health & well-being.

Policies need to change so that autistic children have the right level of support to manage their individual needs.

Carer Survey Results Are In!

Many thanks to everyone who completed our carers’ survey.  The results show that of those carers who apply for flexible working, a shocking 52% have their application refused.  Additionally, 72% of those responding to the survey told us either that they want to work or they want to work more, and would do so if they could work flexibly.  Our survey shows that the law is not adequately supporting carers who want to work.  The law needs to be changed to require employers to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate carers

End Prejudice Against Renters on Benefits

The housing charity, Shelter, working in partnership with the National Housing Federation, has discovered open discrimination against people on benefits is taking place across the country.

A recent survey found that of almost 4,000 private renters, almost a third of people on housing benefit had been unable to rent a home due to a ban on individuals receiving this benefit.

The ban is sometimes imposed by estate agents, who advise their landlord clients not to accept those in receipt of housing benefit.  Sometimes landlords alone operate the policy.

Their actions amount to discrimination against disabled people (as they are more likely to receive housing benefit) as well as women (95% of single parents receiving housing benefit are women).

If, like us, you find this unacceptable, then please support Shelter’s campaign.

In particular, if you have been the subject of this kind of discrimination, please send details to info@shelter.org.uk.  Shelter may be able to bring a claim on your behalf at no cost to you.

If you are looking for work, try Evenbreak, a website devoted to finding employment for disabled people.

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