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
’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.