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Independent Living in Scotland

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‘Independent living means disabled people of all ages having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.’

It includes things like the right to live without having to plan everything in advance; to go to school; to work or study in an inclusive environment; to have an adequate income; to take part in leisure activities; to be accepted as a full and active member of the community; and to have access to services that actually work together, delivered at the right time in the right way. It’s about being free to make your own decisions (perhaps with some assistance if you want it) about what you want to do and when you want to do it.

What is the Independent Living Movement?

The disabled people’s Independent Living Movement has grown in Scotland because disabled people believe that they are best placed to make decisions about their lives – not anyone else. The Movement challenges the individual approach taken by many organisations to solving the barriers, such as physical barriers or other people‘ attitudes, which disabled people face in their daily living. Often the solution achieved by the individual approach only benefits the person concerned.

More and more disabled individuals and organisations led by disabled people are coming together to make their voices heard. They are working collectively to change the policies and practices that disable them. They look for different ways to influence or even work alongside policy-makers and service-providers to design “joined-up” services to enable more choice for all disabled people.

The Movement in Scotland is made up of a range of organisations, networks and individuals.

The Independent Living in Scotland (ILiS) Project

ILiS is funded by the Scottish Government, hosted in the Equality and Human Rights Commission and steered by an expert group of disabled people. It aims to strengthen the Independent Living Movement and support disabled people to have their voices heard at national and local level so that decision-makers work with them to deliver independent living.

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For more information about ILiS visit www.ilis.co.uk
or write to
Independent Living in Scotland
Equality & Human Rights Commission
58 Robertson Street,
Glasgow G2 8DU
Tel: Telephone logo 0141 228 5910

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