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Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL)

Nothing About Us. Without Us. 
Silhouette of four Disabled people. 
2 people are using wheelchairs. One person is using a cane.
Nothing About Us. Without Us.

BRIL is a community group run by and for Disabled people, neurodivergent people, people living with chronic illness and people who experience mental distress.

Our aims are to :

  • Campaign for equality and inclusion for all Disabled people. 
  • To promote the principle of ‘Independent Living’ for all.
  • To provide peer-support.

BRIL defines Independent Living as:

  • The right to live in the community
  • Being free from segregation and isolation
  • Having choice and control over our lives, on an equal basis to other people 
  • Having access to support and personal assistance that meets our needs. 

BRIL defines peer support as way of:

  • Sharing experiences
  • Recognising and respecting our differences
  • Being connected to others
  • Having choice and control 
  • Showing solidarity.

Blog

Learning from the experiences of Deaf, Disabled and asylum seeking people in Bristol

Friday 10 December 2021 11.00am Easton Community Centre, Bristol Please join us on Human Rights Day 2021 and for Disability History Month to celebrate a new mural for Bristol. The mural has been designed by Deaf people, Disabled people and asylum seeking people in Bristol with artist Andrew Bolton and researcher Rebecca Yeo. The mural …

Government Fails Disabled People Again: About us but not with us.

Press release: Wed 28 July 2021 Disabled People reject new ‘tick box’ national disability strategy. Disabled people and our organisations[i]  across the country have expressed outrage at the Government’s decision to go ahead with the launch of a national disability strategy[ii]  that is not a strategy, does not address key problems, does not reflect the …