It has long been our central message to policy makers that policy must be informed by Deaf and Disabled people’s lived experience. However, disabled people do not always want to talk about our experience. We have a range of interests, knowledge and skills and panel members will be given opportunities to use and develop these.
The panels will promote the active participation of Deaf and Disabled people in making policy and in monitoring how policy is implemented. Inclusion Scotland will support, capacity build and create opportunities for disabled people to:
We are introducing 6 policy panels. Each panel is on an issue or set of issues that have been identified by Deaf and disabled people as important. We hope to recruit to these panels Deaf and Disabled people from all over Scotland with a range of different personal characteristics. This is with a view to making a real difference to policy and, through that, to the lives of disabled people.
Of course, our resources are limited and we won’t be able to do everything all at once. These panels will develop gradually. We will learn as we go along. We want policy panel members themselves to have a say in how they develop and how our limited resources can best be used to support them effectively.
We will use email to contact panel members but we recognise not everyone can access emails. So we will use post where it is required and explore other ways of contacting panel members. For example, we could team up with local Disabled People’s Organisations and ask them to help us to communicate with panel members.
We will do all we can to make sure we provide information and requests for information in accessible formats. We will learn from panel members how best to do that within the resources available to us.
We do not have the resources to bring panel members together on a regular basis. However, we will invite panel members to come to any relevant consultation or training events. We will explore other ways of developing connections between panel members within our resources.
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