Do It Yourself Disabled People’s Organisation conference


Disabled people have been driven to use a Do It Yourself (DIY) approach by the need to make their homes, communities and lives more accessible.

One way of doing this yourself is by forming our own organisations. Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) are run by disabled people. We know and understand the barriers to inclusion better than anyone else.

Hosted by national DPO Inclusion Scotland the Conference will take a DIY approach to starting your own local community DPO.

Our Keynote speaker will be Tressa Burke, Chief Executive of Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA). Tressa is one of GDA’s 7 founder members, GDA is a multi-award-winning community of 3500+ disabled people. Tressa, who is also a board member of Inclusion Scotland, is passionate about equality and human rights, she has dedicated her working life to supporting community voices and participation.

At the conference we will have:

  • DIY Experts! Inspirational talks by disabled people from regional and national DPO’s.
  • DIY Workshops! Learn about the foundations to building a solid DPO in your own community. Workshops will be on lobbying, peer support, human rights and co-production. You can choose which workshop you would like to attend at the conference when registering for the event!
  • DIY Lunchbox! Get the chance to network with other disabled people and local decision makers over lunch.


The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know any other arrangements which would improve access to the event for you in the eventbrite sign up form or by contacting

We have booked a palantypist, individual notetakers, British Sign Language Interpreters and personal assistants to make sure this event is accessible. If you require communication support such as a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or electronic notetaker or palantypist, please let us know by Friday 22 June 2018.

If you book a place after this date, we will do everything we can to ensure that BSL is available but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee it. Our policy is to cancel support which is not required. This is not just a question of cost. There is a huge demand for the service in Scotland and not enough BSL interpreters to meet that demand. If we hire them and do not use them, we may be depriving someone else who needs it urgently.

Travel Costs

Assistance with reasonable travel costs is available for disabled attendees if required. If you are disabled and require assistance with travel please contact us as early as possible to arrange this using the e-mail or phone number above. If you can arrange your own travel but would like to request help with the cost we can reimburse this if you contact us in advance of the event. Otherwise due to limited funds, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to cover your costs.