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SILC’s Letter to the Human Rights Taskforce

As part of the Scottish Independent Living Coalition (SILC), we’re asking for the Co-Chairs of the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership to build the principles of the United Nations General Comment 7,  a document that shows State Parties (Governments) what they need to do to recognise and support disabled people and Disabled People’s Organisations, […]

Confirmed workshops for SDS National Voice 2021

The 2021 SDS National Voice conference on Wednesday 17 March will focus on quality and closing the implementation gap between SDS policy and practice. In addition to hearing from key players in Scottish social care, you’ll have the chance explore current Self-directed Support (SDS) focused projects delivered by Self Directed Support Scotland members, partners and […]

New Briefing Calls for Incorporation of Right to Independent Advocacy in Scotland

Putting Independent Advocacy at the heart of the new human rights statutory framework in Scotland A new briefing, published by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), lays out the case for incorporation of the right to independent advocacy into Scots law. Incorporation is the process by which a right becomes […]

Donald Macleod joins IRISS FM to discuss My Support, My Choice

A new podcast on My Support, My Choice featuring SDSS Chief Executive, Donald Macleod and Lucy Mulvagh, Director of Policy and Communications at the ALLIANCE, is now available. As part of Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s Digital Gathering, Donald and Lucy joined IRISS FM to discuss SDS in Scotland. The podcast focuses on the […]

Manifesto for Equality Now (Holyrood 2021)

Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) launches Manifesto for Equality GDA have published their manifesto for Equality, which asks mainstream political parties to consider the needs and rights of disabled people in the upcoming Scottish Elections. They state: ‘Disabled people face barriers, inequality and poorer outcomes across all areas of life. Poverty, prejudice, and lack of understanding […]

Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 – Guide for enrolled bodies

Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020, a Handy Guide for Enrolled Bodies A really handy Guide for Enrolled Bodies has been produced by Disclosure Scotland and Volunteer Scotland. The guide has been created to help people understand how the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 will work in practice, by: Identifying the Key Changes that the Act creates The […]

A farewell to SDSS Chair, Florence Garabedian

After a dedicated 14 years of influencing the direction, work and governance of Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS), our Chair, Florence Garabedian, will be stepping aside from her role as Chief Executive of Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL), and subsequently from her role as Chair of SDSS, at the end of March 2021. Donald […]

LGBT+ People’s Experiences of SDS

This LGBT+ History Month (February 2021), it’s important we recognise LGBT+ people’s experiences of Self-directed Support (SDS) and how to improve them. My Support, My Choice As part of our ‘My Support, My Choice’ research project, we heard from a range of disabled people and people living with long term conditions who are LGBT+. Accessing […]

SDS National Voice 2021: The quality approach

You can now secure your place for our 2021 SDS National Voice conference, with special ‘early bird’ tickets available. We’re delighted to confirm that our annual National Voice conference will be taking place on Wednesday 17 March 2021. This year, following COVID-19 advice and guidance, the event will take place online, however you’ll still have […]

Manifesto for Change: 10 Priorities for Disabled People in Scotland

Disability Equality Scotland’s Manifesto for Change: Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2021, Disability Equality Scotland have produced a Manifesto for Change that they would like to see taken up by all political parties standing in the election. Disabled people face inequality and discrimination across all facets of society. The COVID-19 pandemic has […]