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Future Visions for Social Care

Social Care is the bedrock of Independent Living – of disabled people’s rights to:

  • Have equal choice and control over where we live and who we live with
  • Access the supports we need to be fully included and participate in the community

(UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 19)


Yet evidence shows that we are a long way from these rights being realised for disabled people on a day to day basis.

The Scottish Government and COSLA are working with disabled people, and other social care users, to build a better Social Care System for Scotland.

GDA’s Future Visions project demonstrates how accessible, holistic, community based support can make choice and control a reality – tackling barriers to inclusion and participation, and creating pathways to Independent Living.

GDA Future Visions supports disabled people to share learning and lived experience, and to influence change, through our Social Care Expert Forum.

GDA members share their stories of gaining choice and control, with support from Future Visions.

Nasim’s story
Nasim's story explains how being part of future visions really helped get her confidence back following bereavement.
Margo’s story
Margo’s story explains how through GDA she wasn’t sitting alone anymore.
Luke’s story
Luke's story shows how with the right equipment and support in place you can live independently.
Leah’s story
Leah's story tells you of how GDA gave her the confidence to live life.
John’s story
John's story and the future visions project prove that disabled people can take charge of their own lives and flourish.
Derek’s story
Derek's story tells us his story of what happened when he took part in GDA's Future Visions programme.
Caitlin’s story
Caitlin's story tells of her journey while taking part in GDA's Future Visions programme.

Read about the origins of our Future Visions model:

Dare To Dream: Future Visions (Briefing Note)

Future Visions Briefing Note

Future Visions Summary Report

Future Visions Summary Report


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