Mission Statement

Leeds Disabled People’s Organisation (LDPO) believe in striving to create a safe and accessible space that empowers and connects all disabled people to come together, to connect socially, discuss disabling social barriers and build connections with each other in the city of Leeds. 

We are an organisation for people with all types of impairments because we believe in empowering all disabled people to come together.

We intend to help disabled members raise awareness of their needs, should they require it, and campaign for political changes in the city of Leeds and in response to national legislation that impacts disabled people. 

 LDPO operates using the social model of disability, which states that in addition to being potentially hindered by impairments; disabled people are disabled by inaccessible societal barriers (e.g. lack of wheelchair ramps in public and private buildings). 

We believe in accessibility, awareness and activism or “the three A’s” and together we hope that we can make Leeds a better city in terms of accessibility (e.g. transport and housing), rights for disabled people and building lasting social connections between people with a wide range of impairments. Together we will make Leeds a city that is desirable to live in for all people.

LDPO Placard on a table with contact details

Committee

CO-CHAIRS: Emma Hewitt & Becca Porter

SECRETARY: Christian Harrison

TREASURER: Anzir Boodoo

POLITICAL & CAMPAIGNS: Peadar O’Dea

REPRESENTATIVES: Mostafa Attia (UN), Anzir Boodoo (WYATAP), Leo Gunn (CIIP), Emma Hewitt (Equality Hub), Peadar O’Dea (ENIL & ROFA)

Emma Hewitt

Emma is co-chair

Rebecca Porter

Rebecca Porter

I came to Leeds in 2017, to study a Masters degree in Disability studies. I’m currently studying a PhD at the centre for disability studies, university of Leeds. My PhD is looking at disabled people’s experiences of claiming Personal Independence Payment, and the impact it has on their lives (poverty, wellbeing etc).

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison

Christian joined LDPO as an Equality and Diversity Officer in 2019. Previously, Christian was living and working in the USA before coming to Leeds to complete a Masters degree. Christian is currently working on a PhD at the University of Leeds researching how disabled transgender people use social media.

Anzir Boodoo

Anzir is a founder member of LDPO and former Board Member of Disability Support DS in Bradford. He is City Plan Lead at Climate Action Leeds working on a sustainable plan for the future of the city, an internal consultant and researcher to Climate Charity Possible, and West & North Yorkshire Chair of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. as well as part of their Accessibility & Inclusion Forum. He is also part of Leeds ME Network and an artist working on sustainable and circular economy in the arts as well as a puppeteer.

Peadar O'Dea

Peadar O'Dea

My name is Peadar O’Dea. I am from The Republic of Ireland and I came to Leeds to study an MA in disability studies at the University Of Leeds which I completed in 2017. I am also a writer and musical theatre enthusiast and a Newcastle supporter, god knows why.

Leo Gunn

Leo Gunn

Leo Gunn is doing a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. Her area of interest is the philosophy of disability. She is also on the advisory committee of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, and works part-time for Northern Broadsides in Halifax.

Mostafa Attia

Mostafa Attia

My lived experience of disability ( blind) enriched my last 15 years of activism, research, and professional work with an in-depth understanding of challenges that face various disabled people. My MA on disability studies that I have obtained from Leeds University in 2009 along with my submitted Ph.D. on “Revolution, Global Development and Disability Politics in Egypt”, enhanced my theoretical knowledge and critical analytical skills. This was beneficial during my academic publications and consultancies to provide recommendations to guide policymakers' decisions to establish mechanisms for inclusive policies.

Our Partners

Centre for Disability Studies

Clean Air Alliance

Forum Central

Leeds Pride

Living Streets Leeds

Our Future Leeds

Rainbow Junktion

ROFA

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