Independent Living in Scotland

Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community. It does not necessarily mean living by yourself or fending for yourself.  It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.

The Independent Living in Scotland project (ILiS) is hosted by Inclusion Scotland and works closely with the Disabled People's Independent Living Movement (ILM).

LAUNCHED - Our Space, Our Place.
A Fairer Scotland for Disabled PeopleA disabled people’s report about the barriers we face in accessing our rights to housing, and the solutions. Read the report here.

**NEW**  Accessible Housing: "The facts" download here

The 2nd Disabled People’s Annual Summit; Our Place, Our Space was dedicated to our right to accessible housing in Scotland. Join the debate and watch the accessible film here

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled PeopleA Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

On 2nd December 2016, Jeane Freeman MSP Minister for Social Security launched the Scottish Governments plan for how they will deliver the rights of disabled people. Read the plan here:

This is a short and easy to use directory, and is designed to help you to get in touch with Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) in Scotland.

Download here (PDF)

Access to Justice Project
An invitation to take part in a discussion about Scottish Legal Aid
Are you a disabled person or a person with a long-term condition?  Have you used, or tried to use Legal Aid to take a legal case?  What was your experience?    Read more ...

solutionseries1coverSolutions series #thesolutions

The Solutions Series is a series of pop up think tanks that bring people together in coproduction, to seek solutions to a specific barrier to independent living. Click here for the reports

Latest News

What’s happened in the year since we launched our Shared Ambition for the Future Funding of Social Care in Scotland?

We’re holding a Question Time discussion with a panel of cross-sectoral experts on 14 September to explore what has happened to social care support in Scotland. Read more about it here

Enquiry into housing for disabled people

Please let the Equality and Human Rights Commission know your views on housing and disability. 

The information you give them will form an important part of the evidence they will use as part of their Enquiry. They are particularly keen to hear from:

  • disabled people, their families and carers
  • disabled people’s organisations and other voluntary sector and community sector organisations
  • housing providers

Read the article...

What are you doing about Human Rights?

SCoD is offering Human Rights training delivered by Carole Ewart as the first of their new training programme for 2017.

For more information on the courses and how to book a place, go to

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Transport Accessibility Summit 2015: Report

Research Scotland has compiled a report from the Transport Accessibility Summit, which took place in Edinburgh in March 2015. The event was organised by Transport Scotland and gave disabled people an opportunity to discuss what improvements can be made to make public transport more accessible.

You can read the report here.