Wales Disability Reference Group
The Wales Disability Reference Group (WDRG) consists of the five
umbrella organisations for the main disability groups in Wales -
Disability Wales, Learning Disability Wales, Mind Cymru on behalf
of the Wales Alliance for Mental Health, Wales Council for Deaf
People and Wales Council of the Blind.
There are many opportunities to raise awareness and ensure that
the voice of disabled people is included in debates, consultations
and policies. The opportunities are greater than the capacity
of one organisation to respond. Therefore, member
organisations of the WDRG use their internal membership structures
and communications to receive the views of their members and
participants. The WDRG focuses on policy and service planning at a
strategic, all-Wales level.
One success of the WDRG was to set up an all-party Disability
Group. The purpose of the Cross Party Group on Disability
(CPGD) is to address key pan-impairment disability equality issues,
including implementation of the Social Model of Disability and the
right to Independent Living.
The CPGD was re-established in 2012 and is chaired by Mark
Isherwood AM. The Group consists of Assembly Members from each of
the four main political parties, members of the WDRG and other
third sector organisations.
The Group aims to raise awareness of key pan-impairment
disability issues and to promote disabled people's concerns.
The Group will not take on case work but will signpost enquirers
The WDRG is made up of:
Umbrella organisations presenting networks of disabled third
sector organisations across Wales. For more information please
contact Owen Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
The current issues for the Network include
a. The Social Model of Disability;
b. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
c. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
d. The Welsh Government's Framework for Action on Independent
e. The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act;
f. The impact of benefit and public service cuts on disabled
people in Wales;
h. Accessible information / communication;
i. Future Generations Bill and Public Health Bill;
j. Tackling Poverty.