Glasgow City Council has published a progress report on the Independent Living Strategy for the city.

Independent Living has been defined as meaning “disabled people of all ages having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.”

The Council has worked with Glasgow Disability Alliance and Glasgow Centre for Independent Living to develop the strategy, which will be adopted under the city’s One Glasgow approach, ensuring that all community planning partners share responsibility for its implementation.

The detailed strategy will be informed by Glasgow Disability Alliance’s ‘15 Rights for Independent Living’, which include:

  • A decent income, including state benefits for those unable to work
  • Accessible and adapted housing
  • Personal assistance
  • Accessible and readily available information
  • Communication support
  • Advocacy and working towards self-advocacy
  • Technical aids, equipment and technology
  • Inclusive education and lifelong learning
  • Equal opportunities for employment and training for work
  • Accessible and inclusive health care provision
  • Peer support, including from disabled people and their organisations
  • Full access to their environment
  • Fully accessible and affordable transport
  • Full social, civic and judicial participation
  • Legal rights and legal advice

Source: Glasgow City Council