Our Policy team work to ensure that the voices of disabled people are included in decision making. We are currently running a pilot People Led Policy Panel. The Panel, made up of disabled people from all over Scotland, is an innovative new project that will help shape the future of adult social care support in Scotland.
Inclusion Scotland carry out Parliamentary work to ensure MSPs are well informed on barriers faced by disabled people. An example of our work in this area is our 2016 Holyrood Election manifesto where we had 5 asks for elected officials.
In 2017 the Independent Living in Scotland (ILiS) project became fully incorporated into Inclusion Scotland.
Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community. It does not necessarily mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.
You can find out more about the work of ILiS on their website.
Disabled people are significantly less likely to engage in formal volunteering. In 2010 to 2011, 23% of disabled people engaged in formal volunteering at least once a month, compared with 25% of non-disabled people.