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 RightSummit 2015 – Getting our Rights right is the first-ever national Annual Disabled People's Summit in Scotland. It will take place at the EICC on 3rd December 2015. For more information, 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

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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)

STOP PRESS... 8th September, 2015.  The Scottish Government and CoSLA launch their draft plans on how they will progress disabled people’s human rights.  You can tell them what you think.  Read more here.
The consultations close on 4th January, 2016 (Scottish Government) and 8th November, 2015 (CoSLA).

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

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Exciting opportunity to work with ILiS

Project Policy Officer: Don’t delay.  Applications details can be found here.

Pam Duncan-Glancy, Policy Officer for ILiS has written a guest blog for Engender, on the value of social care.

Click here to read it.

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

Click here for information on this.

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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.