Glasgow Disability Alliance
GDA is a disabled people-led organisation (DPO) controlled by our 5500+ disabled members.
We are the largest groundswell of disabled members in Europe and a leading, celebrated example of a grassroots community of identity driving improvements to disabled people lives in parallel with wider changes to policies, services and society.
Our free, accessible learning and events:
- Bring people together
- Build confidence and connections
- Unlock opportunities to participate, contribute, and use your voice
- Transport, personal assistance, and communication support provided
Membership is free!
Join GDA for updates on all our events and opportunities.
Our vision is a world where disabled people participate fully and lead our own lives with our human rights upheld, connecting with peers and opportunities; contributing to families, communities and wider society on a full and equal basis alongside non-disabled people.
Our mission is to promote equality, rights and social justice with and for disabled people and we do this through programmes which build confidence, connections and capacity of disabled people.
Our programmes support disabled people and those with long term conditions across Glasgow – you do not need to be a member to take part.
Over the last 3 years, GDA has transformed our delivery model to respond to the urgent and pressing needs of disabled people. Programmes are now all available online, by phone and in person.
Are you experiencing debt issues? GDA can help!
Are you experiencing debt issues? If you are experiencing debt issues, please get in touch. We can make referrals to a partner organisation who provide accessible debt advice.Read More
GDA Response to Scottish Government’s ‘A Human Rights Bill for Scotland’ Consultation
Read our response here: https://gda.scot/resources/gda-response-to-scottish-governments-a-human-rights-bill-for-scotland-consultation/ We strongly support the incorporation of all of our international humanrights treaties, in particular the UNCRPD, into Scots Law. Building…Read More
FM announces re-opening of ILF and commends GDA members in Programme for Government Speech
GDA members welcome the FM’s announcement yesterday during the Programme for Government to reopen the Independent Living Fund on a phased approach within the next…Read More
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GDA Evidence at Scottish Covid Inquiry – November 2023Film
GDA Chief Executive, Tressa Burke, gives evidence to the Scottish Covid Inquiry in November 2023.
“Over the last 3 years and 9 months, GDA has transformed our delivery model to respond to the urgent and pressing needs of disabled people as a consequence of the pandemic and now cost of living crisis. Programmes are now available in person or online, by phone and through hybrid delivery models too e.g. events.
During the height of the pandemic, funding flowed and worries about how to meet needs were removed. However, this reverted to more “normal” and draconian practises which disadvantage DPOs because of a lack of understanding of the additional supports disabled people need and related investment required to enable this.
Disabled people need now more than ever to be prioritised in policies and actions to tackle the pre-existing inequalities which were supercharged as well as the new ones created. We must ask ourselves as a country, what is our motivation, what is our capacity and what are the opportunities for change? Much of this will depend on political leadership and resources and if we can make progress on the motivation factor, the rest will follow. This will depend on building understanding of disabled people’s lives and working with disabled people and our organisations to build services and supports which ensure that disabled people are never again left behind, fearing for our very lives- not only because of a deadly virus but because of how devalued and dehumanised we are by society. This might seems dramatic and I’m afraid that is because it is. “Watch video
Rights Now! TrifoldPublicationDownload Now
Learning & Events Bulletin November 2023Publication
Learning & Events Bulletin November 2023
– Celebrating Community: Rescuing Progress for Disabled People, Wednesday 6th December, 10.30am – 2.30pm (Hybrid)
– New in-person learning courses and programmes
– Helpful Numbers for the Festive Season
– GDA Multiply
– Social Care Expert Group (SCEG)
– BAME Network
– Drivers for Change (DfC)Download Now