A disability action plan with more than 50 commitments to make sure Scotland leads the way on the rights of disabled people has been launched.
The delivery plan for 2016-2020 has been drafted in consultation with disabled people and will help Scotland meet the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Launching the plan at a meeting of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Glasgow, Communities Minister Marco Biagi said: “This Government is committed to equality and we want to make sure that disabled people enjoy the same human rights as non-disabled people.
“Over the last few years we have made good progress but there is still a long way to go and with more than 50 commitments ranging from education and health to transport we are confident that this plan will go a long way in making life for disabled people in Scotland fairer.
“At a time when the UK Government is undermining the human rights of disabled people with its programme of austerity and welfare cuts, we are committed to furthering their rights and engaging a wider section of the population in the debate. We firmly believe that disabled people’s rights are human rights, and that human rights must apply to everyone.
“I would encourage everyone to consider our draft delivery plan carefully and respond to the consultation document so that together we can make this the strongest plan of action for disabled people across these islands.
“We want to work with disabled people over the months and years ahead, to remove disabling barriers and enable them to enjoy equal access to full citizenship, so that they can maximise their potential and add to the success and prosperity of our country.
You can respond to the consultation on The Scottish Government’s Draft Delivery Plan 2016-2020 here.