Scotland’s 3rd Disabled People’s Annual Summit

Situations Vacant: employer-ability and disabled people’s right to work

We have a right to work, to choose what we work at and to make a living from it. We want to work. Most of us are ready and able to work. But, and it’s a big but, we are half as likely to be in work as someone who is not a disabled person. 

The Scottish Government say they want to cut the employment gap between disabled people and the rest of the working age population by at least half, and that they want to work with us to do so. At this Summit we’ll hear about the Scottish Government’s intentions and the Summit is our opportunity to come up with practical solutions to cut that gap based on our lived experience as disabled people. 

This Summit will focus on ‘employer-ability’ – what it is that employers need to do to make them good employers that disabled people will want to work for.  It’s time to shift the spotlight away from our ‘employability’ and to come up with the actions that support employers to change the way they think and act so that they offer inclusive jobs and work places and welcome our contributions.

We’ll hear from Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, disabled people and a representative of private sector businesses, plus a panel of sector leaders who’ll debate the issues and explore the options.  A full programme will be published shortly.

Have you got a story to tell?  Please see our campaign #myworkstory here. There is a BSL video on youtube here too. 

Details of the Summit and how to register

When – Tuesday 16th January 2018. Registration at 10.15. Event ends at 15.45.

Where – Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH (See map)

Chair – Ian Hamilton, Senior Broadcast Journalist and Disability Correspondent, BBC Scotland

Want to come?  This event is for disabled people and those who support them.   Get in touch and let us know you’d like to come -

  • register online at    
  • email us at
  • write to us at ILiS, Inclusion Scotland, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow.  G1 1UZ
  • phone us and leave your number at 0141 5589 5013. Don’t forget to leave a contact number!

Support – We have booked British Sign Language Interpreters, Speech-To-Text-Reporters and Personal Assistants to make sure this event is accessible. If you require a communication support such as a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, please let us know by 8th January.  If you book a place after this date, we will do everything we can to ensure that BSL is available but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee it.  Our policy is to cancel support which is not required. This is not just a question of cost.  There is a huge demand for the service in Scotland and not enough BSL interpreters to meet that demand.  If we hire them and do not use them, we may be depriving someone else who needs it urgently.