Inclusion Scotland  

Working towards a society where disabled people are equal citizens

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.

Inclusion Scotland welcomes your feedback about our website, and organisation. Please click here to let us have your views.


The new Inclusion Scotland survey, 'Powers for a Purpose:  Your Say on Further Devolution for Scotland' is now live. The survey will close on 7th November 2014.


The purpose of the survey is to discover what additional powers disabled people in Scotland would like to come to the Scottish Parliament.  The answers will help to information Inclusion's response to the Smith Commission's recommendations, when they are published.


We are also running consultation events in Glasgow and Inverness around the recommendations. 


If you would like more information around the survey or the events please contact Rosalind Greig: or telephone 0131 281 0863.



Inclusion Scotland has published A Vision for an Inclusive Scotland.  Over the summer, Inclusion Scotland consulted disabled people at a series of events and using an online survey. We asked: ‘What are the most important things the Scottish or UK governments could change to improve your life?’


In A Vision for an Inclusive Scotland we set out what disabled people told us. We call for the removal of the many barriers to inclusion that disabled people experience, and argue why action to do so must be co-ordinated across policy areas – regardless of the outcome of the Referendum.


We would like to thank our Members and Member Organisations for your support and input, without which we would not have been able to produce such an important document.


We look forward to working with you over the next few months as we develop ideas on how to make the Vision a reality.


Please find this file with various pieces of information around Inclusion Scotland's work on the UNCRDP

This includes:

  1. Inclusion Scotland's UNCRDP survey responses
  2. Inclusion Scotland presentation on the UNCRDP
  3. Inclusion Scotland publication on the UNCRDP
  4. Equality & Human Rights Commission Easy Read guide to the UNCRDP
  5. Inclusion Scotland's Human Rights Toolkit

If you require any further information on the work Inclusion Scotland are doing around the UNCRDP please contact Pauline Nolan.


Our annual report for 2013 - 2014 is now available for download.



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