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About Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

“We develop resources, materials and training for our member organisations”

Who we are

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is a national membership organisation.

We actively promote Independent Living by supporting, working with and championing the aims of Self-directed Support disabled people’s organisations.

We develop resources, materials and training for our member organisations and deliver presentations to promote self-directed support (SDS) and the principles it stands for.

We also work with local authorities, voluntary sector organisations, NHS health boards, universities and colleges to raise awareness of SDS and guide organisations through the changes.

SDSS is a membership organisation. Please see the ‘Who are SDSS Members?‘ section for details on who our members are and how to join.

We have 2 categories of membership – Full and Associate.

Full Members are user-led disabled people’s organisations or organisations that are working towards this status.

Associate members are organisations that have an interest in SDS and which may have an SDS function, e.g. information service. These are not user-led disabled people’s organisations.

What we do

  • Raise awareness of SDS and the principles behind it
  • Promote the Social Model of Disability and the philosophy of the Independent Living Movement
  • Research best practice, identify examples of good practice in SDS and report back to member organisations and others
  • Provide a national campaigning voice for member organisations
  • Work with other national/local organisations and agencies
  • Offer SDS best practice resources