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Patron :Colin Low-Lord Low of Dalston

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. Former Chair, now Vice President of RNIB, and Immediate Past President of ICEVI (International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment). He taught Law and Criminology at Leeds University, before becoming Director of the GLC’s Disability Resource Team. He then carried out research into theories of disability as Senior Research Fellow at City University, and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006. He was a member of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (1994-2007); the Disability Rights Task Force (1997-1999); and the Disability Rights Commission (2000-2002), and recently chaired the Law Commission on the future of advice and legal support on social welfare law.”

Colin was born in Edinburgh in 1942 and has been totally blind since the age of three.
He was educated at Worcester 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, an organisation providing advice and services on disability. He then went on to become Senior Research Fellow at City University, London, where he carried out research on theories of disability, retiring in 2000.

He was made a Commander 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.