Disability Rights UK


We are a national charity working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate fully as equal citizens.  Many of our staff and volunteers have lived experience of disability, as do our board members and trustees.  Our offices are based in London but we have a national remit, with projects based in Manchester, Leicester, Cheshire and Norfolk.  As well as our free factsheets and helpline services, we also produce the Disability Rights Handbook, now in its 40th edition.


Independent Living Publication Taking Charge – A practical guide to living with a disability or health condition – Price £13.99

Taking Charge is aimed at people who are dealing with a deterioration in health in adult life or who have just received a life changing diagnosis. If you have a physical or mental health condition, or if your health is starting to worsen in later life.

The book pulls together both rights and what one has a right to expect and covers planning and managing lifestyle changes as well as personal health and social care, technology and equipment, family, travel, leisure, learning and work.   It is an excellent companion to our highly popular Disability Rights Handbook, with a focus more on the personal rather than welfare aspects.

About the Guide

The first part of the book deals with planning and managing your life, for instance after an accident or diagnosis, or as life changes.

  • Personal health and social care
  • Technology and equipment
  • At home
  • Your family
  • Getting around; travel and mobility
  • Leisure, sport, community activities
  • Learning, working, contributing
  • We also provide advice for situations when you don’t get what you need or feel you have been subject to discrimination.

We currently have this publication in a paperback and we are looking to turn it into an e-book.

How to Access

Pre-order the latest edition of the Disability Rights Handbook with our newest publication Taking Charge and receive a years free subscription to our email only updater service.

The handbook will be published in April 2015.

You can order all three for £31.99, if you are in receipt of benefits and place your order before the end of April.  If you are not in receipt of benefits you can get all three for £47.49.

Contact us on: 020 7250 8191 – Monday to Friday 10.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 to 4.00


Type of Organisation

Registered Charity No: 1138585


Disability Rights UK, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH