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.

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

ARE YOU TREATED EQUALLY?

The law could and should provide simple, fast and effective solutions to disabled people who face discrimination or other unwanted behaviours. So – does the law ensure that disabled people receive equal treatment?

This is the question that the Women and Equalities Committee in Parliament are asking at the moment. At Disability Law Service we believe that the law can be considerably improved, and we will be writing to the Committee.

When we do so, we want to include evidence based on what you think. If you have a disability or care for someone with a disability, please help us to make a difference by taking ten minutes to complete our survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DLSEQUALITY

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may find that you cannot answer many questions in the survey. This is because the questions are about the law which we think is too complicated to be effective. So please do complete the survey, even if you find you answer ‘no’ or ‘don’t know’ to many questions. This will provide vital evidence to show that the law should be changed.

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

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