For this project, we are committed to engaging and disseminating information to disabled people through our publications and online newsletters, easy-read briefings, and events.
We also stated we would improve Access to Social Justice for disabled people, through representation of their views, needs and rights and by supporting the work of those committed to improving equality and inclusion in Scotland.
Finally, we administer the Access Panel Funding Grant to support and protect ongoing volunteer work, to reduce barriers to inclusion and equality at local and national levels.
We are the umbrella organisation for Access Panels across all of Scotland and work with other partners to improve access and inclusion. We work to empower and promote the rights of disabled people. Our role is to influence and effect change, both locally and nationally, through the network of Access Panels and to support them to work in partnership to address local issues.
The aim of this project is to work with Transport Scotland and relevant groups to improve the accessibility of transport in Scotland. Our role is to ensure disabled people are informed and included in each stage of the process, including proposing the issues to agreeing actions, to monitoring and feeding back on successes and areas for improvement.
Ferries Accessibility, Transport Scotland
We received funding from the Ferries Accessibility Fund from April 2020 to March 2021 to work with Caledonian MacBrayne to undertake scoping work with staff and customers on the topic of disability hate crime, developing a Hate Crime Charter for the ferry network.
Exemption Card Campaign, The Scottish Government
This project developed in response to the continued demand and need for face covering exemptions for a large number of disabled people and those with long term or limiting conditions who are being challenged for not wearing a face covering. We administer the Scottish Government’s exemption card scheme, including fielding telephone and online requests for exemption cards and fulfilling these requests via post and digitally.