"Disabled people have very often been those who have suffered the most. That's why we need to redouble our efforts to tackle inequality head-on, and ensure everyone has the chance to realise his or her full potential
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Morning: Exploring the Policy Landscape
- (Chair) Bill Scott, Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland
- (Keynote) Senior Representative, Social Security Scotland
- (Keynote) Jeremy Balfour MSP , Scottish Unionists and Conservatives, Lothian
- Nora Uhrig, Senior Associate - Scotland Programmes, Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Anne Hastie, Poverty Commissioner , East Lothian & Chair, Disability Information Scotland
- Claire Smith , Head of Accessibility Policy, Scottish Government (Transport Scotland)
- David Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Union for Supported Employment (SUSE)
- Carolyn Lochhead, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, SAMH
- Emma Whitelock, Chief Executive Officer, Lead Scotland
- Ed Pybus, Welfare Rights Worker, Children and Families Project, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
The Fairer Scotland Action Plan
sets out the key principles that the Scottish Government will act upon to tackle inequalities and dismantle barriers faced by disabled people. This conference will give you an opportunity to engage with the debate surrounding this policy by hearing from policy makers while holding the government to account.
As well as exploring this policy initiative, the first half of the day will tackle the implications of Brexit on disabled people's rights
by looking ahead to the introduction of a British Bill of Rights post-Brexit. You will then hear the latest updates from Scotland's new Social Security Agency
and assess the success of PIP Assessment and other welfare benefits that have been devolved to Scotland.
Afternoon: Collaboration, Integration and Ensuring Equal Opportunities
The second half of the day will focus on developing robust Multi-Agency Partnerships
where delegates will establish shared pathways between the different agencies working with disabled people. You will also hear about the challenges faced by disabled people in finding employment, to help Scotland Half the Disability Employment Gap
, as well as initiatives that support disabled people access education, bridge the gap between school and employment, and improve their mental well being
This conference will allow you to hear from a range of speakers, from policy makers to welfare rights advisers, all united in a common goal to help improve the lives of disabled people in Scotland.