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UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People is our delivery plan for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) It covers the period 2016-2021 and aims to make equality of opportunity, access to services and independent living a reality for all disabled people in Scotland.

The plan has five ambitions:

  • support services that meet people's needs and promote independent living
  • decent incomes and fairer working lives
  • places that are accessible to everyone
  • protected rights
  • active participation

These were developed with and agreed by:

  • disabled people's organisations
  • disability organisations
  • the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC)


The plan's commitments include:

  • a national plan for accessible travel
  • an awareness-raising campaign on the barriers disabled people face
  • a review of the Adults with Incapacity legislation
  • increasing the take up of modern apprenticeships by disabled people
  • a new social security system that treats disabled people with dignity
  • more work to address disability hate crime and violence against disabled women and girls

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Background to the development of the plan

A consultation on the draft plan was launched in September 2015 and closed in January 2016. We analysed the responses to the draft plan to shape the final plan.

Disabled People's Summit

Scotland's first Disabled People's Summit took place on the UN's International Day of Disabled People 2015 (3 December).

The summit's theme was 'Getting our Rights Right', and its focus was the commitments outlined in the UNCRPD Draft Delivery Plan. It was attended by 150 disabled people and their supporters.

This summit will be an annual event which will help to identify the themes that the Ministerial Advisory Group on Disability will consider.

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