The Harrassment of disabled people: A toolkit for DPOs and organisations that support disabled people
Inclusion Scotland worked with EHRC and disabled people to develop a toolkit for disabled people to work with them to address disability harassment and hate crime.
There is a full toolkit and an Easy Read version attached below.
Inclusion Scotland has launched an innovative new project to help disabled people and their communities mitigate the negative impacts of welfare reform.
By working in partnership with disabled people and their organisations (DPOs) and linking with organisations providing advice, information and services, the project will co-produce strategies to boost the resilience of disabled people in the face of an increasingly hostile social security system.
How can you get involved?
If you are a disabled person - get in touch and tell us about your experience of claiming or living on benefits. What challenges have you faced, what or who has helped you, and what support would make a positive difference?
If you are a Disabled People's Organisation (DPO) - let us know what you are doing to help your members deal with welfare reform, and what would make this job easier. Do you need: Information resources? Training? Useful contacts?
If you provide advice and support around benefits, employability, income maximisation or digital inclusion - Are disabled people engaging with your service? We would like you to tell us about the issues you think disabled people are facing and what you might need to better support this group.
If you are an organisation which has resources or ideas you think might help - please tell us about them!
Get in touch with our Rights and Resilience Project Officer!
or call 0131 2810859
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.
For more information on the One in Five campaign: http://www.oneinfive.scot/
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.
Figures obtained by ITV News have revealed that around 100 disability claimants are losing their car benefit every week.
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