SHADA has grown and evolved so rapidly since in inception, that we decided to keep the structure loose rather than formalised.
We always use wheelchair accessible venues for meetings and the campaigners, pioneers and experts with disabilities who attend our meetings make useful contributions with their own personal testimonies.
SHADA is run on a voluntary basis by the following team:
Chair Claire de Than Professor of Law and Legal Advisor in Jersey and Senior Lecturer at City University in London. Human Rights and Criminal lawyer
Vice Chair Helen Dunman, teacher at the Chailey Herittage School for severely disabled students with learning disabilities
Secretary Eliot Lamb, case manager / Occupational Therapist (OT), working with brain injured people with Independent Living Solutions Ltd
Coordinator Els Payne, Massage Therapist and representative of SHADA on the Outsiders Trust board of Trustees
Convenor and Scribe Dr Tuppy Owens of Outsiders, Sex Therapist, Pioneer and Founder of SHADA and indeed the Outsiders Trust
Members are emailed with news and information, and notified of forthcoming meetings. Any member around the world can email to seek guidance and offer contributions.
Pro-active members can benefit from small working party meetings.
Meetings are free but usually lunch must be brought along or paid for. They are open to health and social care professionals, therapists and body workers, who should book a place at each meeting they wish to attend, and cancel if they are then unable to come. Each attendee is given a badge which they should return at the end of the meeting.
We ask attendees to tell everyone their name, what they do, what they have planned, what they bring to SHADA and what they wish to take away.