About Inclusion Scotland (IS)
Charity No. SC 031619
Inclusion Scotland (IS) is a consortium of disability organisations, individual disabled people and social partners who share our aims. We work towards eradicating the barriers – physical, economic, cultural and attitudinal – which prevent disabled people being fully included in society.
IS was founded in 2001, as a direct response to calls from the grass roots of the disability movement for a new national organisation, which would give us a voice strong enough to be heard by policy makers. It is run by disabled people themselves for, as we have the experience of disability, we are best placed to speak out on the issues that are important to us and affect our daily lives. Already over 60 disability groups from throughout Scotland have joined in partnership with us.
Our role is to enable meaningful communication and consultation between disabled people in Scotland and policy makers at local and national government levels and with bodies such as the NHS, all of whose decisions and policies can profoundly affect us. We want to reverse, through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy, the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people.
In IS we share the ethos of the social model of disability as opposed to the medical model, which expects disabled people to regard their impairment as their problem and adapt to fit into the world as it is. The social model of disability, however, recognises everyone as equal and looks beyond a person’s impairment at all the relevant factors including the barriers that affect their ability to be a full and equal participant in society.
- to ensure the views of disabled people are heard and taken seriously by policy makers and to keep open the lines of communication.
- to be a proactive rather than a reactive organisation.
- to raise public awareness of social inclusion issues including the barriers – physical or social – society erects which disable people.
- to bring about positive change in how disabled people are viewed in our society and to achieve inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.
- to help and support other disability organisations and disabled individuals by offering practical advice on how to dismantle the barriers to inclusion.
WHAT WE DO:
- we have a regularly updated website:- www.inclusionscotland.org
- produce daily news updates on our website
- send weekly bulletins to around 1,000 subscribers
- distribute monthly newsletters in accessible formats to all our members and supporters.
- make available an online directory of around 400 disability and equality organisations.
- provide access to over 200 organisations and public bodies through our links page.
- have a regular poll section letting people vote on topics of the day.
- set up ‘Contact 100’ which enables people to contribute to public sector consultations.
- produced our Manifesto for Inclusion – Policy into Practice, a unique document written by disabled people themselves.
- we are stakeholders and participate in many public body working groups.
- we link up with many other disability organisations throughout the UK and Europe.
- we are associate members of the European Disability Forum.
WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO:
Join us. Help us to ensure our voice is heard. The more people and organisations that join with us, the more clearly we shall be heard.
We will continue to build on the work already done so the voice of disabled people can really be heard by policy makers and enable disabled people to make a real contribution to the improvement of every day life in Scotland.
Inclusion Scotland: Working towards a society where disabled people are equal citizens.