About this site
Welcome to Disability Writes. This website was set up by Just Services in 2005. We had funding from Arts Council England to create the site and get started. People ask, "why have a writer's website for disabled people?" We know, through our experience and that of disabled people who have used this site, that many disabled people face barriers in getting support and encouragement to write. This may be because there is:
- A lack of physical access to places where non-disabled people find such support.
- A lack of understanding, or an unwillingness to listen to the support needed by disabled people.
- An unwillingness to consider that what disabled writers have to say is of value.
- An unwillingness to give honest, constructive feedback to disabled people.
- And so on...
One person who has used the site said, "I liked the way it worked for me. I had the time and support which I do not get normally. I do not know any disabled writers locally."
Another said, "The site gave me encouragement at a time when illness prompted a need for positive reinforcement. The environment you create and foster is wonderful; you give disabled people a voice."
Disability Writes actively supports and encourages disabled writers, whatever their previous writing experience. Our aim is that disabled people can, through using this site, learn and develop creative writing skills in their own time and at their own pace. We promote the work of disabled writers to a wide audience of disabled and non-disabled people through this website and printed publications.
Disabled people can subscribe to the site and receive constructive feedback on their writing through the work in progress section. We don't judge people on their spelling and grammar. We do encourage good quality writing.
What do we mean by the term disabled people?
We use the term disabled people to mean people who consider themselves to be disabled. This includes people with physical and sensory impairments, people with learning difficulties and people who experience mental ill health. We also recognise that some people have impairments or illnesses that are hidden.