Inclusion Scotland are pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to lead on producing Scotland’s civil society shadow report to the United Nations (UN) Disability Committee on the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), or UN Disability Convention. The UN Disability Convention sets out the human rights that we have as disabled people, and what countries must do to achieve them. The civil society shadow report is a chance for disabled people to tell the UN Disability Committee how the UK and Scottish governments have been performing – whether or not these rights are being delivered. It will then ask questions of the UK government and make recommendations for it to improve its record.
We will work in partnership with several key deaf and disabled people’s organisations in Scotland, to engage with disabled people on progress and delivery of their human rights in the UN CRPD in Scotland. This will build upon work Inclusion Scotland and others did previously, in 2014, to engage with hundreds of disabled people around Scotland. We will be asking what has changed since then. We will also be working with disabled people and their organisations in England and Wales to produce a report that covers Great Britain.
There will be lots of opportunities for disabled people in different parts of Scotland and from diverse backgrounds to engage with the project so that the report reflects their concerns and priorities. The Disability Convention says, “nothing about us, without us!”, and that is why production of these reports will be led and owned by disabled people.’
Inclusion Scotland’s Scottish project partners are: British Deaf Association (BDA) in Scotland, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), Glasgow Disability Alliance, Glasgow University’s Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) People First Scotland, Scottish Council on Deafness, Self-Directed Support Scotland (SDSS), and Voices of Experience (VOX).