Independent Living in 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.

The Independent Living in Scotland ILiS is part of Inclusion Scotland and works closely with the Disabled People's Independent Living Movement (ILM).

3rd Disabled People's Summit: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined us to share in the discussion on how to overcome barriers to employment and work towards halving the employment gap for disabled people. Report due soon.

What’s it like to be a disabled person at work? We’ve launched 
#myworkstory, a campaign to encourage disabled people to get talking about the barriers to being themselves at work. Get involved and tell us your work story at #myworkstoryBSL stories can be sent to

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled PeopleOur Space, Our Place.
A disabled people’s report about the barriers we face in accessing our rights to housing, and the solutions. Read the report here.
Download "The facts" here.
Watch our video here.

solutionseries1coverSolutions series #thesolutions

The Solutions Series is a series of pop up think tanks that bring people together in coproduction, to seek solutions to a specific barrier to independent living. Click here for the reports.
**New Plotting A Course – Brexit and disabled people’s rights **


This is a short and easy to use directory, and is designed to help you to get in touch with Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) in Scotland.

Download here (PDF)

New update coming soon for 2018!

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

On 2nd December 2016, Jeane Freeman MSP Minister for Social Security launched the Scottish Governments plan for how they will deliver the rights of disabled people. Read the plan here:

Latest News

Brexit and disabled people's rights

Why have disabled people's rights been left out of the Brexit debate so far? And where do we go from here? ILiS invited experts to have a solution-oriented discussion about the way forward, with thanks to University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute.

Read the report: Plain English version.

and the Easy Read version.

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