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).
The 2nd Disabled People’s Annual Summit; Our Place, Our Space took place on 02/12/16. Attended by over 100 disabled people, decision makers and service providers, a report and film of the event will follow early next year. Keep the debate going at #summit2016.
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 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
Solutions 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
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:
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 http://www.scod.org.uk/scod-training/
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.
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.