Date lodged: 3 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes the contribution that disabled people can make to communities.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 17 November 2016
Protecting and promoting disabled people’s human rights is central to our approach to social justice.
The Disability Delivery Plan, which we will publish in December, is part of our programme for a fairer Scotland. It will set out our ambitions, alongside a range of actions we will take over this parliamentary term, to tackle barriers to independent living, and will drive change to advance equality of opportunity for disabled people, and in doing so will promote and support the contribution that they can make in their communities.
This builds on the firm foundations of work already underway such as investing in accessible transport solutions, opening up access to Scotland for disabled tourists, supporting the Supported Business Framework and the £200,000 Access to Elected Office Fund in Scotland (2016-17) to help disabled people who wish to stand for selection or election in the 2017 local government elections.