The members of DPOD are non-governmental organisations of persons with disabilities (and their families) - not organisations FOR disabled people. The majority of the member organisations are single disability organisations. They are all engaged in activities on a national and a regional level - and some are engaged on a local level.
The national board
The highest body of DPOD is the national board, meeting once a year. The national board consists of two representatives from each member organisation and one representativ from each of the five regions, representing the local branches.
The executive committee
The national board elects an executive committee with seven members (one chairman, one vice chairman and five board members). Chairman is Stig Langvad.
The local branches
Being a member of a Danish disability organisation you are also a member of a local section. In the 98 Danish municipalities, the local sections of the organisations are affiliated to the DPOD local branch.
The local branches comprise persons with disabilities and parents, who are all involved in local activities. From among its members the local branch appoints representatives to various public councils, boards and commissions.
DPOD local branches appoint representatives to Municipal Disability Councils, Municipal Committees on the Open Labour Market, Regional Complaints Boards on Social Matters, County Councils of Users of Various Services - and other public councils and committees.
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DPOD's five standing committees:
- The social policy committee
The labour market policy committee
The education policy committee
The health policy committee
The accessibility and assistive device policy committee
The five committees are consultative for the national board and the executive committee. They work on political input from the member organisations. The members of the committees are nominated by and found among qualified members of the member organisations and the regional branches. The members are appointed by the DPOD executive committee.
The DPOD secretariat is placed in Hvidovre (near Copenhagen) area and has currently 35 employees (consultants on political issues, secretaries, accountants etc.). The secretariat is headed by the director of DPOD.
DPOD gets its funds from the state football pools. This funding is supplemented by fees from the member organisations and public/non public project funding.
DPOD has a substantial engagement in supporting people with disability in developing countries. The funds for this come from Danida - The Danish Developing Agency.
DPOD is member of the Nordic Council of Disability Organisations (HNR - Handicaporganisationernes Nordiske Råd) - a forum of cooperation between the Nordic umbrella organisations.
DPOD appoints members to The Nordic Council on Disability Policy, an advisory and policymaking body for the Nordic Council of Ministers and its various cooperative bodies and institutions. The Council's seceteriat is The Nordic Cooperation on Disability, NSH.
DPOD is the Danish representative in the european DPO-umbrella, European Disability Forum.
DPOD supports partner organizations in the Third World with organizational and polical development.