Who we are

We are a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) led by disabled people, for disabled people. We work to ensure that disabled people have independence, choice and control over their own lives.

We began life in 1979 as Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability (HAFAD). HAFAD was started by disabled residents campaigning for access to swimming pools and public toilets.

In over forty years we have grown a lot and have services available across West London. We are now known as Action on Disability.

We follow the Social Model of Disability, which recognises that people are disabled by barriers in society, not their impairments.


To be part of and promote an inclusive society free from disabling barriers where all individuals are equal.


Values and Principles

Human Rights for All

As explained in the Social Model of Disability, we view disability as a social construct and for the lives of disabled people to improve that construct must change. Therefore, we are committed to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

Inclusion & Diversity

The incorporation of and respect for diverse cultures and people is essential to achieving a sustainable service. 

Social Justice

Alleviating poverty in the pursuit of equity is an important part of creating a more fair society. 




Partnership & Collaboration

We work with disabled people, Deaf and Disabled Peoples’ Organisations, families and communities around Greater London because we believe we are stronger together. 

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