Become a member!

We are a member-led organisation which works with its members in a mutually beneficial way to promote equality for disabled people in Scotland.

We rely greatly on the support of our members, and our members are the voice of disabled people in Scotland. Our membership is free.

There are three categories of membership available: ‘Individual’, ‘Corporate’ and ‘Young’

Individual Member

Open to all disabled people over 18 or people with a personal involvement in disability.

You will receive:

  • Our printed magazine ‘Open Door’
  • Monthly email newsletter  ‘Disability Equality News’
  • Membership Handbook featuring information about the projects we are involved in
  • Opportunity to have your voice heard with weekly polls and policy consultations
  • Invitation to member events
  • Each individual member has one vote at our Annual General Meetings

Corporate Member

Open to all organisations that can meet at least two of the criteria below:

  1. Interest or involvement in disability related issues
  2. Has a majority of staff or trustees who have a disability
  3. Supports the aims of Disability Equality Scotland

You will receive:

  • Our printed magazine ‘Open Door’ and Monthly email newsletter ‘Disability Equality News’
  • Opportunity to have your voice heard with policy consultations
  • Invitation to member events
  • Each corporate member has one vote at our Annual General Meetings

Young Member

Open to young people aged 12-18.

You will receive:

  • A membership welcome pack with lots of information on what we do
  • A monthly newsletter with the latest disability information, surveys, events and much more!
  • Take part in our weekly poll to help improve access and inclusion for disabled people across Scotland

What We Do

Support and Signposting

We answer many member enquiries and signpost them to the appropriate organisation, individual or information source.

Networking Opportunities

We make introductions to key decision makers  and contacts and make sure members have frequent opportunities to meet and network with relevant audiences. We help members make the right connections.

Your views, experiences and expertise

All our policy is formulated directly from our member views, experiences and expertise. We believe that our members are the experts. We respond to all relevant Scottish Government, parliamentary, think tank and other consultations. We regularly ask our members for their views on many diverse policy issues – which then directly feeds in to our policy work and government consultation responses.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for members to participate in the governance and representation of Disability Equality Scotland.  Members will be offered the opportunity to attend members meetings, and where eligible, vote in elections and to stand as candidates themselves. Support will be offered to members to enable them to fulfil their democratic responsibilities.

Get in touch

For general information or any queries regarding membership, please contact Ali Bruce by telephone 0141 370 0968 or email alistair@disabilityequality.scot