Campaigns & research

We influence policy and campaign so decision-makers tackle the inequalities faced by families with disabled children.

There are more than one million disabled children in the UK. Sadly, most face significant discrimination and inequalities across all areas of their lives.

Together with families we campaign to change this.

I was just talking to my parents and saying what a comfort it has been to have Contact in our corner. Noah was so boosted by seeing himself on TV and he feels like people care.”

Our latest campaigns

Counting the Costs 2021

Join our call for a benefits and support system that genuinely values carers after the devastating pandemic.

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Carer’s Allowance

We’re calling on the government to increase Carer’s Allowance earnings limit so carers don’t lose out when the National Living Wage (NLW) increases.

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Universal Credit

We are campaigning to stop the £180 million cut to child disability payments under Universal Credit.

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Covid-19 vaccine

We successfully campaigned to get priority access to Covid vaccines for clinically vulnerable children. 

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Disabled Children’s Partnership

With more than 90 charities and thousands of parents, we are campaigning to make disabled children a priority for government.

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School transport

School transport is a top concern parents call our helpline about. We are campaigning to close the loophole into the law that means disabled youngsters are often refused or charged for school transport

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Join our parent champion programme

More than 10,000 parents have taken action so far this year. Join them by signing up to join our parent champion programme today. Membership is free and we offer events such as media training.

There are lots of ways to get involved with our campaigns – signing a petition, writing to your MP, speaking out in the media. It up to use what you want to do. Join today by send an email to una.summerson@contact.org.uk

“I really enjoyed speaking to MPs with the other parent champions. We felt we were being heard about what we all are facing. I actually really loved getting to hear from like-minded parents and felt that together we would be a fantastic team

Our supporters

We would like to thank all the families who have campaigned tirelessly with us to achieve change this year. Together with you and our funders the John Ellerman Foundation, the Pears Foundations, the Evan Cornish Foundation and individual donors we have made a difference to almost 500,000 parent carers and disabled children.

“We are in awe at the effectiveness of your campaign. It seemed the best thing for us to do to help families during this very difficult time. A very well done to all the team who helped with the campaign!”