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).

Keep Right'Summit 2015 – Getting our Rights right' was the first-ever national Annual Disabled People's Summit in Scotland. It took place at the EICC on 3rd December 2015. For more information and to download the report, please click here.

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

Jim Elder Woodward

Accessible toilets are there for everyone who needs as a result of a disability.  ILiS, Grace and South Lanarkshire Disability Partnership are working on changes to the WC sign to show this.  We want the sign to appear on a toilet door near you soon.  Read more at Grace’s Page

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)

Jim Elder Woodward

Jim's Blog

Dr. Jim Elder Woodward OBE is independent Chair of Scottish Independent Living Coalition.He is co-Convenor of the Independent Living Partnership Board,alongside Scottish Goverment. Read Jim's blog here.

Disabled people people and their organisations have 5 specific asks for health and social care integration. Read more here: Health and Social Care Integration.

Latest News

50,000 new homes: let's make them accessible

This article has been taken from GCIL’s Scottish Housing and Disability News (

The SNP have pledged to invest £3bn to build 50,000 more homes over the next four-year parliament if they win the next election.

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The Scottish Parliament passed the Community Empowerment Act on the 17th of June 2015

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ENABLE Scotland launches #stopthebus

A campaign to enable more people who have learning disabilities to access bus travel by improving access to the concessionary bus travel scheme throughout Scotland.

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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.