Nothing About Us, Without Us... the Access to Elected Office Fund, the Access to Politics project, and more.
One in five Scots identify as disabled, but only 1 MSP in the current Scottish Parliament defines themselves as disabled. A representative Scottish Parliament would have about 26 disabled MSPs.
Disabled people face many barriers to participation in politics, and running for elected office. We need to decrease these barriers so that disabled people are have greater representation in Parliament and local councils, ensuring our voices are heard and that our lived experience permeates the policies and structures that govern us.
The Access to Elected Office Fund provides financial support to disabled people seeking elected office and Access to Politics offers advice and support to disabled people, political parties and political groups.