Disability body appoints Rose as first head of PR

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC), which opened for business last month, has appointed Alyson Rose to the newly-created position of head of PR.

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC), which opened for business

last month, has appointed Alyson Rose to the newly-created position of

head of PR.



Rose joins from Help the Aged where she was senior press officer for

four-and-a- half years. She will lead a team of four in the PR office

and reports to DRC director of communications and change, Liz Sayce.



Her team includes freelance communications consultant Ben Furner, a PR

officer, an assistant press officer and an administrative assistant.

Furner Communications was initially taken on to publicise the launch of

the DRC, and Furner himself will continue to work with the team on

specific projects, including raising brand awareness, until September.

Rose anticipates that the department will need to be expanded in about

six months.



’The main job for me will be making the world aware of the fact that we

exist, and of the services we can provide to people involved in the

disabled community,’ said Rose.



She will be responsible for developing campaigns on issues such as

access, education, health and social care, and will be working to raise

these issues in particular at the coming party conferences in the run-up

to the general election, expected to take place next year.



This autumn will see the launch of the ’Actions speak louder than words’

campaign with the RNID, wherein high profile figures will be shown

putting into practice what they believe about disabled people’s rights.

’For example, pop singers having their words put up as text at

concerts,’ explained Rose.



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