Welcome to Equal Lives

Equal Lives is led by people who face disabling barriers and is dedicated to making your voice heard. We support people to empower themselves to live independent lives. Our aim is to give you the support you need to live your own life and to remove disabling barriers. We are very involved in campaigning on issues that affect you to try and influence policy decisions. We’re also here to provide support and information for the day to day tasks of living. Whether you need to employ a personal assistant, find out what benefits you’re able to receive or you need help or advice for caring for an elderly friend or relative we are here to help. We have lots of information available, so to get you started we’ve put links to some of our most popular areas below. You can also search for a keyword if you know what you’re looking for.


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Take part in Independent Living research!

How can we improve personal assistance relationships?  A team at UEA are working with Equal Lives and Suffolk Independent Living to research with disabled people who employ PA s and also PA s themselves.  We can come and interview people in their own homes, or at Equal Lives/SIL or at UEA, or even by telephone.  If you give us an hour or so of your time, this will contribute to us understanding the personal assistance relationship better, and will help Equal Lives, SIL and other disabled people’s organisations offer appropriate training and support.   To maintain anonymity, we will not talk to personal assistants who have worked for disabled people in the study.  We will protect the confidentiality of anybody who participates.  The project has received clearance from the UEA Research Ethics committee.  If you are willing to help, please either phone Tom on 01603 591 985 or email t.porter@uea.ac.uk

Message from the CEO


We are Equal Lives, a disability rights organisation led by disabled people that aspires to a world free from disabling barriers. We believe in the social model of disability, whereby you are not disabled by your disability or health condition, but the barriers in society.

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