People with Disabilities

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd January 2003.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-33375

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for Scotland to celebrate the European Year of Disabled People 2003.

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

European Year of Disabled People 2003 (EYDP) will have its Scottish launch on 23 January.

To celebrate the launch, there will be a ministerial reception in Edinburgh. Invitees include disabled people from all over Scotland, disability organisations, business leaders and civic and community leaders.

The Scottish Executive set up a Scottish Steering Group for EYDP with membership from the majority of national disability organisations, the Disability Rights Commission, the STUC, COSLA and other interested parties. The steering group has agreed a set of aims and objectives for EYDP, and put together a work programme to help take these forward over the course of the year. The aims and objectives and work programme are set out as follows. The Scottish Executive takes this work programme seriously and has committed £200,000 to support it.

The first piece of finished work by the steering group is a national newspaper supplement, which will be published on 23 January as part of the launch celebrations. Copies have been placed in the Parliament's Reference Centre (Bib. number 26033).

Aims and Objectives of the EYDP Scottish Steering Group

AIM 1: To work towards the inclusion of all affected by disability through promoting well-informed, responsive and effective decision-making in policy and practice.


To initiate debate on disability, to raise awareness about the reality of disabled people’s lives and stimulate the engagement of disabled people with that debate

To approach business leaders, professional bodies, and public and voluntary sectors to see how they might support the EYDP, raise awareness and improve their policies and practices

To examine mechanisms to enable the views and priorities of disabled people to be fed into Scottish Executive policymaking

AIM 2 : To build for the future by seeking to engage young people in the EYDP.


To raise awareness of the experiences of young disabled people making the transition from school into adult life.

To foster understanding among policymakers and practitioners of the needs and aspirations of young disabled people, through encouraging consultation and contact with them.

To approach organisations working with children and young people to promote their inclusion in EYDP.

AIM 3: To raise public awareness of disability issues.


To identify and celebrate the contribution made by disabled people to Scottish society through fulfilling a variety of valuable roles.

To draw attention to the normality of disabled people and disabled people’s lives, while highlighting the social barriers they confront and ways to overcome them.

To draw attention to hidden aspects of disability, such as stigma and knock-on effects on friends and families.

To ensure equal weight is given to the experiences, needs and aspirations of disabled people irrespective of their impairment, ethnic origin or circumstances.

AIM 4: To ensure Scottish events are co-ordinated with UK-wide and European EYDP activities where possible.

To receive regular reports from the Scottish NCC representative and disseminate information about UK-level EYDP developments.

To share information about individual organisation’s activities via the EYDP Scottish Steering Group.

To co-ordinate launch and closing events, making sure that objectives for Scottish events reflect and promote agreed aims and objectives for EYDP work in Scotland.

Work Programme of the EYDP Scottish Steering Group





Raise awareness of EYDP through newspaper supplement

For launch (published)

Input from all member organisations

EYDP website to promote the Year and exchange good practice

For launch (published)

Look at the activities being covered in the local EU-funded projects. Learn from ideas.

Throughout EYDP

Potential to promote and advertise activity.

Transport conference/awareness raising


In discussion with relevant interests.

Dialogue event with young people. Engage with COSLA's youth dialogue initiative


In discussion with relevant interests.

Co-ordinate and promote artwork or performance arts piece, (consider scope for television or radio broadcast)

For closing event/throughout EYDP

In discussion with Scottish Arts Council and other relevant interests.

Establish proposals for consultative mechanisms

By end of EYDP

To consider whether an outcome of EYDP might be the establishment of a structure for consultation and engagement between disabled people, organisations of and for disabled people and policy makers.

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