Disabled Staff Forum

Who we are

We are a friendly group of University of Bristol staff, who identify as Disabled people.

We all bring our own experience to discussions but broadly speaking our group tries to use the social and cultural models of Disability, Deafness, Madness and Neuro-Divergence. This means we work for change in terms of how the university environment is organised, how decisions are made, authority positioned, and resources allocated. This aim involves informing other groups and committees since other views of disability determined by a medical model of deficiency are often assumed. 

We meet regularly. Get in touch to come along: uob-dsforum@bristol.ac.uk

Our role is to:

  • Provide a safe space for discussion of equality issues arising in the University of Bristol workplace.
  • Share information and ideas relevant to Disabled staff and students.
  • Draw on the expertise and experience of Disabled staff, to ensure that we are involved in decision making and policy development in the University.
  • Work with individuals and groups within the University, and across Bristol, to promote equality, inclusion, and opportunity for all University staff.

Who is the group for?

The Staff Disability Forum is open to all University staff who self-identify as Disabled people and/or d/Deaf people. This includes, but is not limited to, people with physical, sensory and ‘invisible’ impairments, autistic and neuro-divergent people, people with learning difficulties, people who experience mental and emotional distress and people living with chronic illness.

Useful resources

Access to Work

Bristol Disability Equality Forum

An organisation run by, and for, Disabled people living, working and studying in Bristol. The forum works to ensure Disabled people have a voice in decision making on our city, campaign for equality and inclusion and provide training, research and consultation services.

Email bristoldef@gmail.com

Bristol City Council

A directory of council services for Disabled residents of Bristol. Include services related to transport, social care and housing.

Bristol Independent Mental Health Network

The Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of Bristol’s mental health services, as well as those with lived experiences of mental health.

A directory of mental health support services is also available.

Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The centre provides services for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Bristol.


WECIL (The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) is a charity run by and for disabled people in Bristol and the surrounding areas. They offer a range of information, advice and peer-support services. These services include support to access welfare benefits, social care and employment.

Email: disabledpeopleshelpline@wecil.co.uk

Well Aware

An online directory of health, wellbeing and support services, groups and organisations in the Bristol and South Glos area.

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