About Disability Equality Scotland
We are Disability Equality Scotland. We are a membership organisation for disabled people and disability groups/organisations.
If you are a disabled person, we want to hear from you. We want to hear about your experiences of accessibility, inclusion and equality, good or bad! This information helps us when we meet with key decision makers who are responsible for ensuring equality and human rights are in place with policies and the law.
Become a member with us and join over 800 disabled people, sharing their views on access and inclusion. Together we can make Scotland accessible and inclusive for all!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Disability Equality Scotland continues to operate during this time with staff working remotely. We want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our members, Access Panels and wider contacts is a top priority.
We are updating our information Hubs with guidance and resources covering different topics:
- Inclusive Communication: www.inclusivecommunication.scot
- Safety: www.disabilitysafety.scot
- Travel: www.accessibletravel.scot
Face Covering Exemption Card Scotland
Disability Equality Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, is administering the distribution of Face Covering Exemption Cards.
The Scottish Government mandate the wearing of face coverings on transport, most indoor public places and communal areas in workplaces. Face coverings play a role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19.
There are situations where some people are unable to, or it would be inappropriate for them, to wear a face covering.
You do not need to provide written proof that you are exempt, but if it would make you feel more safe and confident in public and when accessing and using public spaces and services, you can request a face covering exemption card.
You can request a card by completing the online form on the Exemption Card Scotland website: www.exempt.scot
You can also request a face covering exemption card via a free helpline on 0800 121 6240.
Who else can help?
Please be aware that unfortunately we do not take on individual cases or offer legal advice. If you need practical help and advice on dealing with ongoing issues there a number of organisations that can provide support:
- Your local Access Panel www.accesspanelnetwork.org.uk/directory-panels
- Disability Information Scotland www.disabilityscot.org.uk or call 0300 323 9961
- Your local Equality Officer in your local authority www.cosla.gov.uk/councils
- Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) www.equalityadvisoryservice.com or call 0808 800 0082
- Your local Citizens Advice Bureau www.cas.org.uk/bureaux
Online Information Hubs
We have developed online information hubs which are easy to access online spaces that provide information, resources, case studies and news on the following:
Accessible Travel Hub
This Hub provides articles and information on accessible transport in Scotland; including the rules and responsibilities of transport providers.
Inclusive Design Hub
This Hub aims to improve awareness and encourage the take-up of inclusive design in Scotland. An inclusive approach to design ensures that the built environment is accessible to as many people as possible.
Inclusive Communication Hub
The concept of Inclusive Information is simple: make everything easy to access, simple to understand and your message will go further. This Hub provides tools and guidance on how to make your information accessible.
Your Say On Disability
This Hub is a place for you to tell us your views on disability issues in Scotland. This website provides the opportunity for disabled people to help shape Scotland’s future in accessibility and equality.
Access Panel Network
This Hub is where you will find everything you need to know about the Access Panel Network in Scotland like what they do, where they are and how to contact them and join your local panel.
Disability Hate Crime
Scotland’s newest Hate Crime Hub! The Disability Safety Hub is a website aimed at disabled people to help them to identify hate crime and help them to report it.