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).

Our Place Our SpaceSummit 2016 Housing – our place our space
2nd December 2016, Glasgow. Book your place now. 

See the flyer for details of how to book

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:

A note from ILIS about Charging Guidance  The Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) has issued Charging Guidance (2016/17) to social work departments across Scotland. ILiS
did not contribute to this published guidance...     read more

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
Why are there still barriers for disabled people accessing justice?  ILiS has looked at this issue and provides an overview of some of the key barriers and an analysis of the inclusiveness of civil justice in Scottish courts, tribunals and the accessibility of law firms. Download 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

Latest News

A 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 article...

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

This article has been taken from GCIL’s Scottish Housing and Disability News (www.gcil.org.uk)

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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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.