About Disability Equality Scotland

  • We are a national organisation working to achieve full access and inclusion for every disabled person in Scotland.

  • We want disabled people to live as independently as they can.

  • We want disabled people to have the same opportunities as everyone else.

  • We want disabled people to live a life of dignity and respect.

  • We work on behalf of everyone who has any type of impairment. We also work with disability organisations and groups who share our beliefs.

  • We are the umbrella organisation for all disability Access Panels in Scotland, providing them with support and guidance to improve the lives of disabled people at a local level throughout Scotland.

  • We are membership led. If you are an individual or an organisation, you can join our membership for FREE and help to further our aims.  On this website you can find out more about what we do, how we do it, and how you can get involved.

Our Vision

A better life for disabled people.

Our mission

Our mission has always been to increase awareness and knowledge of Access and Inclusion to improve the lives of disabled people in Scotland.  Our Strategic Plan introduces a stronger statement, which defines the purposes of our organisation and our intended contributions to improving the lives of disabled people.

Our mission statement is:

“Achieving full Access and Inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.”

‘Achieving’ means ensuring that disabled people have the right combination of support and opportunity to reach their potential.  ‘Full Access and Inclusion’ means the opportunity for every disabled person to actively participate with their family, friends, co-workers and other valued relationships in creating a fulfilling life.

We are a member-led organisation, representing individuals with any type of impairment, disability organisations and groups who share our values.  We listen to the views of disabled people and champion on their behalf.

Our Principles

Our principles help guide us in what we want to achieve.  Our work is focused on our three principles:

  • Positivity

Positive Approach.  We are a solutions focused organisation.  We want to hear what is working well and what is not working to approach the issues in a positive way.

  • Promotion

Promoting Equality.  We are a proactive and media aware organisation.  We look to promote good/best practice and achieve a greater awareness of disability equality and accessibility across Scotland.

  • Partnership

Partnership-focused.  We are a collaborative organisation.  We work with partners across all sectors to achieve real measurable change across Scotland with regard to access and equality

Articles of Association

Download our Articles of Association.

Strategic Plan

We have launched our Strategic Plan, which not only describes our organisation’s vision, mission and principles, but also details our key strategic aims between now and 2020.

These are the following:

  • To communicate, promote and campaign the importance of social inclusion, ensuring the opinions of disabled people are taken into account from the first point of planning.
  • To increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of access and inclusion across Scotland.
  • To develop a creative and adaptive organisation.

You can find a link to the Strategic Plan below, alternative formats are available:

A Summary of the Strategic Plan is also available: