Inclusion Scotland (IS) is a consortium of organisations of disabled people and disabled individuals. Through a process of structured development we aim to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect our everyday lives as disabled people in Scotland. We aim to encourage a wide understanding of those issues throughout mainstream thought in Scotland. In short, we want to reverse the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy. Read more about Inclusion Scotland

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One in Five Campaign

 Inclusion Scotland is calling on disabled people to get involved in the One in Five campaign, and on everyone interested in increasing disabled people's engagement with politics to give the campaign their support.  The campaign is a grassroots movement seeking the support of political parties for five keys asks which would improve disabled people's inclusion and representation in politics.

Dr Sally Witcher OBE, Chief Executive Officer at Inclusion Scotland said “Disabled people are significantly under-represented in elected office, where their life experience and knowledge of access barriers could inform public policy and promote greater inclusion. Like the rest of the population some will also have the interests and skills needed to represent a constituency and to become adept politicians. It is unacceptable that they should be disadvantaged in accessing opportunities to develop that potential, and Scottish democracy is the weaker for it. Disabled people have much to offer society, and we see improving access to politics as key to progress in unlocking that potential.”

Recently Inclusion Scotland received confirmation of funding from the Scottish Government to carry out a one year project investigating the potential for improving access to elected office in the future. Building on our recent parliamentary internship pilot, the project will involve recruiting five disabled interns, who will be placed with each of the parties represented in the Scottish Parliament to investigate barriers to participation in party politics. The project will also investigate the case for a Scottish version of the Access to Elected Office Fund which would cover the elections held within Scotland.

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Inclusion Scotland Manifesto for Inclusion 2015

We have produced a Manifesto for Inclusion for the upcoming General Election on 7th May 2015. We have produced it so you can ask candidates at your local hustings, if party activists knock your door, or you could email your local candidates and ask them for a response.  We hope you find the manifesto useful - please use your vote and use it wisely.

Tighter laws to catch Blue Badge cheats

Drivers and passengers who abuse the Blue Badge scheme could have their badges confiscated through new legislation coming into force at the end of March.

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Thousands of disability claimants lose cars in cuts

Figures obtained by ITV News have revealed that around 100 disability claimants are losing their car benefit every week.

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Down’s syndrome does not shut the door on work

Many people with Down’s syndrome thrive in the workforce, so a new push to help them get there is welcome, says Callum Mackinnon.

Government minister Lord Freud last month commented that people with disabilities were “not worth” the minimum wage. While the Westminster welfare minister apologised within 24 hours, his comments do reflect the difficulties many people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland have in finding sustainable, salaried work.

The modern apprenticeship scheme in Scotland is, in theory, “open to anyone aged 16 or over”. Yet despite the demonstrative difficulties people with Down’s syndrome have in finding work, and the obvious benefits such a scheme would offer to them, people with disabilities make up a mere 0.3 per cent of those in apprenticeships. This figure certainly highlights the perception of the capabilities of people with disabilities and their place (or lack thereof) in society.

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