Leonard Cheshire Disability would like bloggers to help shape the future of a fantastic new disability resource by posting comments to get the ball rolling. The new website, called the Disability Information Portal www.dip-online.org is a ‘one stop shop’ for the latest disability information, news and views.

The Disability Information Portal (DIP), developed by Leonard Cheshire Disability with support from charities like the MS Society, RNID and Action For Blind People, is already home to many disability debates thanks to contributions from people in all walks of life.

DIP is in a pilot phase and Leonard Cheshire Disability wants more people to log on to use the site and help shape the way it develops.

As well as information and advice, the site is a place to share opinions on rolling disability news stories which may help to shape policy and opinions across the disabled community and beyond.

Disabled people have played a key role developing DIP and access to the pilot now means even more have the opportunity to air their thoughts before the portal is publicly launched in 2009. The site is free, visitors can write a blog, find out about local services and it is easy to sign up.

Stephen Elsden, DIP Project Manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “Leonard Cheshire Disability leads the way with innovative services for disabled people. The portal is a fantastic resource which has been designed to be accessible by everyone.

“We want people to sign up, log on and explore to find out more. The portal aims to be the leading on-line resource for anyone who would like to learn more about disability.”

Andrew Travers, Head of Consulting at Precedent, who developed the technical elements of DIP said: “Working with Leonard Cheshire Disability gives us a real opportunity to combine our strengths in accessibility and social media and make them work.

“Creating this resource, which has the ability to change lives, has been very rewarding experience. It has never been easier for people with impairments to access to site to get the information and knowledge they need.”