The Scottish Government has published a 5-year plan to make Scotland a fairer place for people living with disabilities and learning disabilities to live.
The plan follows the rules of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
It was put together after the Scottish Government talked to people living with disability and the groups who support and work with them.
LDAS, along with many members and supporters, took part in the Fairer Scotland ‘consultation.’
This means they gave their views on how they want things to change in Scotland to make it better for people with disabilities.
Now the Scottish Government has taken those views and all the information they got and put together a big plan of actions of things that must be done to make things fairer.
The plan has 5 main goals the Scottish Government wants to reach.
The 5 goals are:
1. Support services that meet disabled people's needs and independent living. This means it wants to put the needs and choices of people with disability first.
2. Decent incomes and fairer working lives. This means people living with disability can take part in learning and working and volunteering and be supported, paid and treated equally.
3. Places that are accessible to everyone. This includes housing and transport. It also means support for people who live in the rural parts of Scotland, which can be harder to travel in.
4. Protected rights. This means getting protections and fairer treatment from the justice system and from the authorities across Scotland.
5. Active participation. This means taking part in daily and public life in Scotland.
To go along with the plan, the Scottish Government has also made a timetable with actions on it so everyone can see if the plan is working.
The actions will be things like talking with groups, having a survey and having conferences called ‘Summits.’
The last thing will be a report in 2021, which is the last year of the 5-year plan, and will say how the plan has worked out and if things have got fairer for people living with disability in Scotland.
Click here for a copy of the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland easy read plan.