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The Way Forward - The schools so far supported are due to the enormous contribution made by our Patron, The Lord Low of Dalston, formaly the Chairman of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and a small band of hardworking and dedicated Trustees who give of their time freely and the generosity of the British public supporting the fund raising events with their time, talents and donations.

DABAL is inspired by the words of Winston Churchill
"We make a living by what we get but we make life with what we give"
VALUES OF CARE AND COMPASSION

The Lord Low's speach at AGM 2016



Colin Low has been a lifetime campaigner for the rights of blind and disabled people, especially in the field of education. He has been a member of the ExCo of ICEVI since 1987 and was elected President of ICEVI in December 2010. He is a Vice-President of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), having held the position of Chair from 2000-2009, and was President of the European Blind Union (EBU) from 2003 to 2011.

Having been appointed to the UK House of Lords in May 2006 for his work as Chairman of RNIB and as a long-time campaigner for disability rights, he is now much in demand as President of organisations he helped to found in the 1970s, such as Disability Rights UK which works to combat poverty amongst disabled people. He is President of Visionary, an umbrella organisation for local sight loss charities, and has also undertaken important roles in a wide range of other organisation, including the National Federation of the Blind of the UK, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and the Disability Rights Commission.

Colin was born in Edinburgh in 1942 and has been totally blind since the age of three.
He was educated at Worchester College for the Blind and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  He taught Law and Criminology for 16 years from 1968-84 at Leeds University, before moving to London as Director of the Disability Resource Team, and organisation providing advice and services on disability. He then went on to become Senior Research Fellow at City University, London, where the carried out research on theories of disability, retiring in 2000.

He was made a Companion of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to RNIB and disabled people's rights in January 2000. He is married to Jill and has two children, Peter and Philippa. His leisure interests include music, current affairs and an appreciation of fine wines.