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Disability Essex (the Essex Disabled People's Association Ltd) was formed in 1949, pioneering the concepts of local support, self-help groups and clubs.

Over the years, we have developed and adapted to meet the changing needs and aspirations of disabled people, reflected today in our access auditor training and the training we provide for other organisations.

Given that the health of the environment has a fundamental impact on our operations, our beneficiaries and their surroundings, Disability Essex has made the strategic decision to integrate environmental matters into its core work and take advantage of the considerable opportunities that the environmental agenda offers.

The Centre for Disability Studies

Our newly completed ‘Centre for Disability Studies’ is a pioneering eco-sustainable building which will form the charity’s operational headquarters and professionally accredited training centre. We have chosen to design and construct the building with sustainability in mind – both to minimise our impact on the environment and maximise longevity for the thousands of people who will use it.


An increased requirement for voluntary sector staff and volunteers to have security clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau has led to Disability Essex to become an 'umbrella' organisation for processing applications for CRB clearance. This service is open to all organisations.


Our monthly information newsletter is available online and by email.


We have a limited number of wheelchairs available for loan. RADAR keys, to access disabled toilets, can be purchased from us.


We have a continuing programme of research projects - mapping and reporting disability issues in Essex and the Eastern Region. Reports to date have covered issues such as education, employment and service provision.

We have recently launched a new service for our member clubs, allowing them to use our wheelchair accessible minibuses – this service is at the discretion of Disability Essex.


Disability Essex is committed to encouraging and supporting disabled people into employment. We run an Access Auditor training course to re-skill disabled people and provide them with a route to sustainable employment.

Access and Equality Consultancy

Disability Essex runs an Access and Equality Consultancy service - a ‘ one stop shop’ for professionally accredited access audits. Access auditor training courses can be provided, together with disability awareness and other disability related training. We also offer a conciliation service in disputes over accessibility.

Disability East Consortium

Disability Essex is a founder member of Disability East - a consortium of charities for disabled people in the 6 counties and 4 Unitary Authorities of the East of England. Work is currently underway on an IT based project to enable the sharing of disability related information held by the individual charities for their own localities and counties.

Who visits this site?

We know that it is not only disabled people, their carers and dependants who will be visiting this site and seeking information from Disability Essex. The accessibility and general information is also used by social workers, statutory providers, and other county-based charities, together with students researching disability related projects.

Thank you!

We are grateful for the continuing generosity of individuals and organisations that help us with donations and grants. Any financial assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated and will help Disability Essex to continue to make a difference to disabled people in Essex. Secure online donations can be made through our Virgin money giving page.

Of course, there are other ways you can help Disability Essex and disabled people. We hope that this website will encourage people to volunteer their services - perhaps by working with a club for disabled people in their home area or by getting involved in fundraising activities for Disability Essex.

Thank you for your interest in Disability Essex.

Disability Essex is the trading name of
Essex Disabled People’s Association Ltd
A Company Limited by Guarantee
Reg Company No: 4980118
England Registered Office:
Mount Nebo, Brickwall Farm, Sible Hedingham
Halstead, Essex, CO9 3RH
Reg Charity No: 1102596

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Disability Essex
Centre for Disability Studies
34 Rocheway
Essex SS4 1DQ
Telephone 0844 412 1771
Facsimile 0844 880 0614
Email info@disabilityessex.org
Charity No: 1102596
Company No: 4980118