is involved in ongoing work relating to the
disabilities voluntary sector in Scotland.
Project 2002 - 2004
Access Panels are groups of disabled
people whose main role is to provide advice on
making the built environment more accessible to
early 2002 SCVO undertook research into the
situation of panels in Scotland to try and
identify what was happening ‘on the ground’
across the country.
the research report here.
was clear from the report that further work was
needed. From mid 2002 to early 2004, at the
request of the Scottish Executive, SCVO
facilitated an Access Panel Steering Group. Its
task was to identify, using extensive
consultation, measures that would create a more
favourable operating environment for panels. It
submitted final recommendations to the Executive
in August 2003.
the recommendations report here.
clear wish of panels, as expressed in a ballot
of all panels known to SCVO in July 2003, was
for the Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF)
to take forward one of the most
important of these recommendations, namely that
there should be a national umbrella body to
support panels. In December 2003 the Scottish
Executive approved an application by SDEF for
funds to assume this role from April 2004.
- all you need to know about holding events that
are accessible to all. March 2003. Also
available in a text
and a pdf
Disability Discrimination Act 1995... and all
SCVO Briefing August 2003
Abilitynet Scotland www.abilitynet.co.uk
Free info service on any aspect of the use of a
computer by someone with a disability,
individual assessment of technology needs,
adapted computer equipment with full training
and technical support, a programme of awareness
education and consultancy for employers on
system and workstation adaptations.
(Access for Disabled People to Arts
Premises Today) Trust www.adaptrust.co.uk
Grant aid for access improvements; awards for
excellence; training in access awareness;
consultancy service on access
Deaf Association Scotland www.bda.org.uk
Objectives: represents the interests of
Britain’s deaf people all of whom use British
Sign Language. Aims to protect and advance the
interests of deaf people and better inform the
hearing public about deafness.
largest disability organisation, providing a
broad range of services to adults and children
with disabilities. Website offers details on
their adult and children’s services, news and
campaigns, advice and information.
The Centre for Independent Living in Glasgow (CILIG)
CILIG provides training for voluntary groups, the private sector, the public sector and to disabled people. They cover Disability Equality, Direct Payments, the Disability Discrimination Act plus training for people who wish to be Personal Assistants for disabled people. They also have a register for Personal Assistants (PAs) which is a way for PAs to obtain work. CILIG has accessible offices and meeting rooms which are available to hire.
Phone: 0141-550-4455 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
site provides information, advice and support to
help people who have a dual sensory impairment,
their families and friends and the professionals
who work with them.
Rights Commission (DRC)
site explaining work and services of DRC plus
information and advice for disabled people,
employers and service providers about
legislation, rights and requirements, campaigns
and a link section.
is a membership organisation which works to
improve the quality of life for everyone with
Down’s syndrome in Scotland. Its membership
includes individuals who have Down’s syndrome,
parents and professionals. The site offers
sections on publications, information, news,
Enable (leading the way in Learning
Disability in Scotland) www.enable.org.uk
Enable campaigns for people with learning
disabilities and family carers. The website
provides details of their campaigns work and
services, events and fundraising and partnership
Inclusion Scotland (IS)
A new innovative consortium of disability-led organisations and individual disabled people. Through a process of structured development we aim to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect our everyday lives as disabled people in Scotland. We aim to encourage a wide understanding of those issues throughout mainstream thought in Scotland. In short, we want to reverse the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy.
Minority Ethnic Learning Disability Initiative,
based in Edinburgh providing various services to
individuals with a learning disability or
special needs and to their carers and families
who are from black/ethnic minority communities.
objectives is to provide, develop and innovate
distinctive and high quality services for people
with mental health problems in Scotland and
beyond. The website details its work and
campaigns, and has a special section on projects
with young people.
aims to advance the education of people with
learning difficulties in Scotland so that they
can achieve their full potential, take part in
self-advocacy groups, express thoughts, feelings
and ideas and to educate the public and service
providers about the needs of people with
learning difficulties in Scotland.
Glasgow, specialises in creating opportunities
for disabled people to gain access to the visual
arts. Workshops enable people to participate in
a long term programme of local, national and
international and artistic and cultural events,
exhibitions and exchanges. Site is adjustable
for those with poor vision.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
better education, training, employment and
welfare for visually impaired people, to watch
over and protect their interests and to prevent
blindness. Provides information, news, events,
advice and support legislation and training
relating to blind and visually impaired. Website
lists all RNIB offices/services available in
National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
RNID offers advice and support on tinnitus,
hearing aids, lipreading, sign language courses
etc. Directory of services detailing over 8,000
organisations that provide services for deaf and
hard of hearing people – also database of
equipment. Can download fact sheets on all
aspects of deafness and hearing loss. Catalogue
of useful publications and links to related
Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) www.saifscotland.org.uk
access to information and advice services for
disabled people and carers.SAIF aims to make
information more accessible to everyone who
meeds it. SAIF supports the rights of disabled
people and carers in having access to timely and
accurate information about a wide range of
services. The website provides information about
services, initiative and SAIF newsletter.
Download “Enabling Information” report –
full version or summary.
Association for Mental Health
site offers information and advice on mental
health problems, SAMH services, news, campaigns,
know your rights, benefits advice, links.
Disability Equality Forum
Forum is a membership organisation open to all
disability organisations or any individual with
any type of impairment. The site contains
information on SDEF events, recent newsletter
and policy responses. Also, reports of SDEF
Human Services Trust
SHS is involved in and works with people and
organisations in the areas of learning
difficulty, physical disability and mental ill
health.. The website contains, newsletters,
research, training courses and events, policy
and SHS project details.
Scotland (quality services for deafblind people)
Scotland is part of the UK National Deafblind
and Rubella Association. Site includes
information about Sense Scotland and their
values; information on their advisory services,
community living, day services, practice
development and policy and information; useful
links and publications.
Scotland (National Bureau for Students with
Skill promotes opportunities for young people
and adults with any kind of disability in
post-16 education, training and employment
across the UK. The site includes, news,
information, press releases.
(Scotland’s Disability Consultancy for
Updated UK government disability information
website. The site contains a basic introduction
to legislation protecting disabled people, and
links to consultation documents and information
campaigns run by the Department for Work and
Update aims to improve the quality of life for
disabled people in Scotland by enabling
information providers to offer accurate,
up-to-date and relevant disability-related
information. Services are available to