Brexit and disabled people’s rights in Scotland

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 5th July 2018

Independent Living in Scotland (ILiS) project highlights disabled people are ‘nowhere in the room’ in Brexit discourse.

The latest report in ILiS’s “Solution Series” focuses on disabled people’s rights and the implications of Brexit, noting that there is an opportunity for disabled people and their organisations to frame demands to those involved and influential in Brexit negotiations.

‘Plotting a course: Brexit and disabled people’s rights in Scotland’ aimed to provide a first opportunity for disabled people and their organisations, alongside strategic decision-makers, informed professionals, sectoral experts and those with positions of influence, to do just this; discuss and debate Brexit and develop the solutions for how to defend and promote the right to independent living in the pre- and post-Brexit era.

The solutions suggested include:

  • The creation of a top-line manifesto about Brexit and disability rights by Disabled People’s Organisations
  • Exploring the possibility of incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRPD) in domestic legislation
  • More accessible information about Brexit
  • Creation of a shared ambition for social care post-Brexit.
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