Professor Gerry Simon set up BILD in 1971 because he was convinced there could be better support in the community for people with disabilities.
We’ve been championing the rights of people with disabilities ever since.
BILD uses its skills, knowledge and experience to turn policy into practice, solve problems and improve support. In working with Government departments, local authorities, health trusts, service providers and mainstream organisations, our aim is to improve the quality of the lives of people with disabilities.
What we stand for
Our vision is a society where people with disabilities are equal citizens, able to enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Our mission is to enable excellent support, champion the rights, and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
We endorse ethical approaches that promote human rights, inclusion in society and equality of opportunities.
Among the values that we believe describe BILD best are:
What we do
We facilitate change, turning research, policy and evidence based practice into practical organisational development programmes that help ensure excellent support and a better quality of life for people with disabilities.
Our consultancy, training and professional development, conferences and publishing all contribute to supporting organisations to continuously improve practice.
Facilitating the cultural change needed to implement Positive Behaviour Support
Our Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support (CAPBS) can help organisations to understand what they need to do to implement PBS, and we can support them through the process.
By embedding the right organisational systems, good practice can be encouraged and maintained. Based on best available research and current knowledge of best practices, we can support organisations to develop resilient, skilled and empathetic staff that enable people to have interesting and meaningful lives and create supportive and capable environments that support development and well being.
Pictured above: Delegates on a CAPBS Coaches Programme
Find out more about CAPBS >
BILD Accreditation — reducing the use of Physical Interventions
BILD’s PI Training Accreditation Scheme provides external scrutiny of training providers in an otherwise unregulated industry. The scheme focuses on universal elements of crisis management and supporting distressed people and currently accredits 40 training organisations.
Training around the use of Physical Interventions (PI) must be within a framework — the BILD Code of Practice — which underpins the reduction in the use of PI.
Pictured above: A BILD assessor observing training provided by an accredited training provider
Find out more about the BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme >
A respected source of evidence-based information to support practice improvement
BILD has always recognised that spreading the right ideas and sharing good practice can be a catalyst for change. We do this through our members and our conferences, our books and journals and, increasingly, our online publishing.
Pictured above: Our Introduction to PBS animation has been watched over 30,000 times on YouTube.
Find out more about our free to download PBS resources >
Find out more about the information benefits of BILD membership, including free online journal subscriptions, and weekly and monthly news and good practice updates >