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 project (ILiS) is hosted by Inclusion Scotland and works closely with the Disabled People's Independent Living Movement (ILM).

Keep Right'Summit 2015 – Getting our Rights right' was the first-ever national Annual Disabled People's Summit in Scotland. It took place at the EICC on 3rd December 2015. For more information and to download the report, please click here.

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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

A note from ILIS about Charging Guidance  The Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) has issued Charging Guidance (2016/17) to social work departments across Scotland. This guidance says that it was written in consultation with the ILiS project. We’d like to make it clear that we did not write this guidance, we don’t
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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)

Access to Justice Project
Why are there still barriers to disabled people being able to access justice? This research undertaken by ILiS examines both noticeable and subtle barriers disabled people face when seeking access to justice. It analyses the inclusiveness of the civil justice system in Scottish courts, tribunals and the accessibility of law firms. Download here

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Accessible toilets are there for everyone who needs as a result of a disability. ILiS, Grace and South Lanarkshire Disability Partnership are working on changes to the WC sign to show this. We want the sign to appear on a toilet door near you soon. Read more at Grace’s Page

Latest News

50,000 new homes: let's make them accessible

This article has been taken from GCIL’s Scottish Housing and Disability News (

The SNP have pledged to invest £3bn to build 50,000 more homes over the next four-year parliament if they win the next election.

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The Scottish Parliament passed the Community Empowerment Act on the 17th of June 2015

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ENABLE Scotland launches #stopthebus

A campaign to enable more people who have learning disabilities to access bus travel by improving access to the concessionary bus travel scheme throughout Scotland.

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Transport Accessibility Summit 2015: Report

Research Scotland has compiled a report from the Transport Accessibility Summit, which took place in Edinburgh in March 2015. The event was organised by Transport Scotland and gave disabled people an opportunity to discuss what improvements can be made to make public transport more accessible.

You can read the report here.