United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People


Nothing about us without us! Disabled people’s human rights in Scotland: an opportunity to tell the United Nations what’s happening.

The United Kingdom agreed to ‘protect and promote’ the human rights of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions by signing up to the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. It also agreed to take part in a review every 4 years so that the United Nations can check whether disabled people’s human rights are being upheld. The ‘UK’ includes the Scottish Government and public bodies in Scotland like Health Boards, education providers and councils.

Inclusion Scotland is running a project called ‘Nothing about us without us! Disabled people’s human rights in Scotland’ to gather evidence of disabled people’s views and experiences. We’ll put the evidence we gather in a report called the Civil Society Shadow Report. The report will be sent to the United Nations next year (2022) to help it prepare for the review of the United Kingdom.

This project is your chance to tell the United Nations what’s happening to your rights and what needs to happen next. We want you to take part so that the United Nations hears about what life is really like for disabled people in Scotland today. This is disabled people’s report and the more disabled people who contribute to it, the more powerful our voice will be.

Nothing about us without us!

If you’ve got any questions, ideas or comments please email us on uncrpd@inclusionscotland.org or phone us on 0131 370 6700.


How to get involved in the project:

1. Come to one of our 3 webinars to –

  • Find out about disabled people’s human rights and the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.
  • Learn more about how United Nations monitoring works from our guest speaker, Mhairi Snowden the Director of Human Rights Consortium Scotland, and the important role that disabled people, Disabled People’s Organisations and civil society can play.
  • Look at the United Nations last report from 2017 and the recommendations it made and discuss what has happened since then.
  • Have your say and contribute to the next Civil Society report to the United Nations.

You can sign up to attend a webinar on Eventbrite

You can tell us about any access and inclusion needs you have when you sign up.

If Eventbrite is not accessible for you, please request a place by emailing uncrpd@inclusionscotland.org or phoning Inclusion Scotland on 0131 370 6700.

Information about the events in Easy Read can be viewed here

You can view the Virtual Event Attendees Privacy Notice 

2. Take part in the survey

We’re running a survey for disabled people, people with long-term health conditions, and their carers and supporters to tell us what life is like in Scotland today. The survey is anonymous.

We will use the survey results to write the Shadow Report and make sure the voices of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are heard by the United Nations and by the UK and Scottish governments.

You can fill out the online survey by clicking on this link (includes BSL)

Alternative formats of the survey are available:

Disabled People’s Human Rights Survey – Easy Read Word Version Part 1

Disabled People’s Human Rights Survey – Easy Read Word Version Part 2

Disabled People’s Human Rights Survey – Easy Read (PDF Version)

Disabled People’s Human Rights Survey – Word version

Disabled People’s Human Rights Survey – Plain text version

If you have any questions or would prefer a paper copy of the survey to be sent to you, please phone us on 0131 370 6700 or email us at uncrpd@inclusionscotland.org


For organisations

We have a separate survey for organisations to complete. The aim of this survey is to get your expert input on the policies and issues having the greatest impact on the disabled people and people with long-term health conditions that you represent.

Complete the survey for organisations here.

Alternatively, download the survey and return it to uncrpd@inclusionscotland.org

Disabled People’s Human Rights -Survey for organisations


Find out more about your human rights

We have pulled together these materials to help people to learn more about their human rights. These materials will give you information about the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, the monitoring process and what happened at the last review. They will help you think about what we should tell the United Nations in the Report.

Many of the reports we talk about are from 2017. This was the last time the UK was reviewed by the United Nations. This project is your opportunity to have your say on what the United Nations will look at in the next review which is planned to take place in 2023.

There are already many good materials about the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People on the internet and we have included links to some so that you can find out more.

Disabled People’s Human Rights – Coming soon

What happened last time? Concluding observations 2017 – Coming soon

What’s happened to disabled people’s human rights since 2017? – Coming soon