Glasgow City Council has produced outline proposals for establishing an Independent Living Strategy for Glasgow, a commitment in the Council’s Strategic Plan for 2012-17.  It is proposed that Glasgow’s Independent Living Strategy is informed by Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities which states:

a) Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement;

b) Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community;

c) Community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities and are responsive to their needs”

Glasgow Disability Alliance and Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living will be co-sponsors of the strategy which will become part of a One Glasgow initiative and will be delivered over the next 10 years so that by 2013 “Glasgow evolves as a fully inclusive and accessible city for all its citizens”.

Priorities identified for years 1 and 2 include lifelong learning, youth employment/employability, and equality/independent living impact assessments and future workstreams emerging from the programme will be informed by Glasgow Disability Alliance’s “15 Rights for Independent Living.

Source: Glasgow City Council report