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For International Day of Disabled People, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the incredible strength and tenacity disabled people have shown, and the contributions they have made, throughout all the challenges 2020 has thrown at us: shoring each other up, speaking out, holding on; and pushing for solutions to the barriers in our way, and the inequalities that have been supercharged by this pandemic.

Our battles are individual and collective:  oppression of one disabled person affects us all. That’s why we’ve supported:

As GDA members continue to feed into COVID Recovery plans in Glasgow and at Scottish Government level, yesterday GDA joined Minister for Equalities and Older People, Christina McKelvie and Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey, at the annual #DisabilitySummit. Together with our fellow disabled people led organisations and allies, we took stock of where disabled people’s rights have got to, 4 years on from the launch of the Fairer Scotland for Disabled People delivery plan. Safe to say that the challenges today are greater than ever – but so is the drive to overcome them.

As we look to 2021, here are just some of the priorities GDA members have highlighted throughout our hundreds of hours of work and discussions this year:

  • All our rights embedded in law, including rights to food, housing, social care, independent living and the right to participate in our communities and decisions that affect us.

Disabled people are determined to continue speaking out, working in partnership, and driving the dialogue on how we can achieve better outcomes and a fairer more equal Scotland. These strengths, efforts, and rich, diverse lived experience are a resource that Scotland can no longer afford to overlook.

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