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2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2)

Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

CONTENTS

Volume 1

REMIT AND MEMBERSHIP

THE REPORT

Summary of recommendations

Introduction
Background
Expert panels
Consultation
Written evidence
Oral evidence
Consultation on draft recommendations

Legislative and policy context
Legislative framework
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005
Related legislation
Disability Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2006
Scottish Commission for Human Rights Bill
Definition of disability
Disability Working Group
Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit Report
Disability Rights Commission’s Disability Debate

Mainstreaming of service provision for disabled people
Scottish Executive
Local authorities

Access to work
The role of employment
Government initiatives
Scottish Executive and Executive Agencies
Current service provision
Employers
Work experience
Career progression
Partnership working
Benefits
Trade unions
National framework for employment support to disabled people in Scotland
Supported employment in Scotland: an approach

Access to further and higher education
Scottish Executive
Mainstreaming equality in the further and higher education sectors
Legislative awareness
Partnership working
Information
Careers advice
Expectations
Transition support
Occupational standards
Disclosure
Communication support
Funding
Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Courses
Support for students with complex needs
Teachability Project
Living accommodation

Access to leisure
Disabled consumers
Public life
Spontaneity
VisitScotland
Scottish Arts Council
sportscotland
Health and safety
Funding
Industry organisations
Sharing good practice
Volunteering

Cross-cutting issues
Introduction
Attitudes
Transport
Information
Physical access

ANNEX A: EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES

Volume 2

ANNEX B: NOTES OF CONSULTATION EVENTS

Melrose consultation event — 8 February 2005
Glasgow consultation event — 8 March 2005
Ayr consultation event — 22 March 2005
Stirling consultation event — 19 April 2005
Thurso consultation event — 10 May 2005
Dundee consultation event — 31 May 2005
Edinburgh consultation event — 25 June 2005
Kirkwall consultation event — 4 July 2005

ANNEX C: NOTES OF INDIVIDUAL VISITS/MEETINGS

Visit to Hansel Alliance — 22 March 2005
Visit to Caithness Access Committee for Enable — 10 May 2005
Visit to Stepping Stones Centre — 11 May 2005
Visit to OFTTI Programme, Lews Castle College — 16 May 2005
Visit to Stirling University — 31 May 2005
Visit to the BRITE Centre — 14 June 2005
Visit to Stevenson College, Edinburgh — 14 June 2005
Visit from the British Stammering Association (Scotland) —14 June 2005
Visit to Deaf Connections, Glasgow — 14 June 2005
Visit to Momentum, Glasgow — 14 June 2005
Visit with Orkney parents — 4 July 2005
Visit to RNIB Scotland’s Employment and Learning Centre — 8 November 2005
Fact-Finding Visit to Oslo — 12 – 15 February 2006

ANNEX D: ORAL EVIDENCE AND ASSOCIATED WRITTEN EVIDENCE

21 September 2004 (14th Meeting, Session 2 (2004))

Written Evidence

Disability Rights Commission

Oral Evidence

North Lanarkshire Youth Council
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
Older People’s Consultative Forum
Highland Users Group
Disability Rights Commission
Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research
Sally Witcher, Independent Consultant

5 October 2004 (15th Meeting, Session 2 (2004))

Written Evidence

Scottish Trades Union Congress

Oral Evidence

Capability Scotland
Ethnic Enable
PHACE Scotland
Centre for Independent Living in Glasgow
Fife Council
Scottish Trades Union Congress Disability Forum
Skill Scotland

15 November 2005 (16th Meeting, Session 2 (2005))

Written Evidence

Scottish Poverty Information Unit
Careers Scotland (Scottish Enterprise)
Jobcentre Plus
Scottish Enterprise

Oral Evidence

Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University
Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh
Careers Scotland (Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
Careers Scotland (Scottish Enterprise)
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jobcentre Plus
Scottish Enterprise

Supplementary Written Evidence

Scottish Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jobcentre Plus

13 December 2005 (18th Meeting, Session 2 (2005))

Written Evidence

North Lanarkshire Council
Reed in Partnership
Scottish Union of Supported Employment

Oral Evidence

Capability Scotland
Dundee City Council Employment Disability Unit
Hansel Alliance
Jobcentre Plus
Leonard Cheshire Scotland
North Lanarkshire Council
Reed in Partnership
Remploy Ltd
Scottish Union of Supported Employment

Supplementary Written Evidence

Remploy Ltd

10 January 2006 (1st Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Confederation of British Industry
Scottish Retail Consortium
Scottish Trades Union Congress

Oral Evidence

Scottish Trades Union Congress
Employers’ Forum on Disability
Federation of Small Businesses
Institute of Directors
Scottish Chambers of Commerce

24 January 2006 (2nd Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Oral Evidence

Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong
Learning

Supplementary Written Evidence

Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

7 February 2006 (3rd Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Association of Scotland’s Colleges
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Dare Foundation
learndirect scotland
Skill Scotland

Oral Evidence

Association of Scotland’s Colleges
Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
Scottish Guidance Association
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Universities Scotland
BRITE Initiative
DARE Foundation
LEAD Scotland
learndirect scotland
Skill Scotland

Supplementary Written Evidence

BRITE Initiative
Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
Skill Scotland

21 February 2006 (4th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Strathclyde

Oral Evidence

Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland
National Union of Students Scotland
Cumbernauld College
Glasgow Caledonian University
Jewel and Esk Valley College
University of Strathclyde
Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Supplementary Written Evidence

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

7 March 2006 (5th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Careers Scotland (Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
Careers Scotland (Scottish Enterprise)

Oral Evidence

Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong
Learning

Supplementary Written Evidence

Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

21 March 2006 (6th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Scottish Arts Council
Scottish Disability Sport
sportscotland
The Scottish Licensed Trade Association

Oral Evidence

Cinema Exhibitors’ Association
Scottish Beer and Pub Association
Scottish Retail Consortium
Scottish Arts Council
Scottish Disability Sport
sportscotland
Visit Scotland

Supplementary Written Evidence

Scottish Retail Consortium
Visit Scotland

18 April 2006 (7th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

Oral Evidence

Artlink, Edinburgh and the Lothians
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company
Disability Sport Fife
Edinburgh Leisure
Highland Disability Sport
Lothian Disability Sport
North Ayrshire Leisure
Project Ability
West Dunbartonshire Council Leisure Services

25 April 2006 (8th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
Disability Rights Commission

Oral Evidence

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow
Disability Rights Commission
The Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling
Learning and Teaching Scotland
‘see me’ Campaign

Supplementary Written Evidence

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
‘see me’ Campaign

2 May 2006 (9th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland

Oral Evidence

Community Transport Association
Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland
Transport Scotland
Aberdeen Accessible Transport Group
Annandale Transport Initiative
Caithness Rural Transport
Dundee Accessible Transport Action Group
Teviot Wheels

Supplementary Written Evidence

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland
Transport Scotland

9 May 2006 (10th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

DisabledGo
Scottish Accessible Information Forum

Oral Evidence

Tavish Scott MSP, Minister for Transport and Telecommunications
Direct Enquiries Ltd
DisabledGo
Scottish Accessible Information Forum
UPDATE

Supplementary Written Evidence

Minister for Transport and Telecommunications
National Autistic Society

16 May 2006 (11th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Scottish Building Standards Agency

Oral Evidence

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
Scottish Building Standards Agency
Scottish Society of Directors of Planning
Aberdeen Access Panel
Dumfries and Galloway Access Panel
Oban and District Disability Forum and Access Panel
Ross and Cromarty Access Panel
Scottish Disability Equality Forum

Supplementary Written Evidence

Scottish Building Standards Agency

23 May 2006 (12th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

The Voice of Chief Officers of Cultural, Community and Leisure Services in Scotland

Oral Evidence

Association of Directors of Education in Scotland
Association of Directors of Social Work in Scotland
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Society of Directors of Personnel in Scotland
The Voice of Chief Officers of Cultural, Community and Leisure
Services in Scotland

30 May 2006 (13th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Written Evidence

Disability Rights Commission

Oral Evidence

Disability Rights Commission

6 June 2006 (14th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

Oral Evidence

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities

ANNEX E: OTHER WRITTEN EVIDENCE

The 5 Digits
Professor C E Beevers OBE
Bob Bennett
The British Stammering Association (Scotland)
Caithness Branch – Multiple Sclerosis Society
Antonio Lopez, Café Mistura
Laura Carse
Sally Macintosh, Dare Foundation
Deafblind Scotland
David Dick
Disability Rights Commission
Donaldson’s College
Dundee Accessible Transport Action Group
Michael J Evans
FirstGroup
Leanne Forshaw
GNER
Karen Gordon
Grange Resource Centre
Hansel Alliance
Highlands and Islands Equality Forum
Wendy and David Hodgson
LEAD Scotland
Lothian Buses
Joseph McGarty
Margaret Morgan
Roger Mullin and Pauline Dowd
National Express
National Autistic Society
NCH Scotland
Eddie Carroll, Orkney Disability Forum
Graham Oxburgh, Riley Dunn and Wilson
James Page
Playback
Tim Price
Janice Johnson, Psoriasis Scotland
Quarriers
Quarriers Discovery Group
William and Elizabeth Riddell
Nicola Ross
Royal National Institute of the Blind Scotland
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Pauline Topham, Scottish Area Council of the National Federation of the Blind UK
Scottish Arts Council
Scottish Association for Mental Health
Dr J W Lamb, Scottish Central Branch of the National Federation of the Blind
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
Scottish Council on Deafness
Scottish Further & Higher Education Funding Council
Scottish Union of Supported Employment
Scottish Youth Parliament
Mhairi Snowden, Skill Scotland
Theatre Workshop
Universities Scotland
Virgin Trains
Sally Witcher

ANNEX F: RESPONSES TO CONSULTATION ON DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

Attføringsbedriftene
The British Stammering Association (Scotland)
Deaf Connections
Deafblind Scotland
Dundee Accessible Transport
First Class (North Edinburgh)
Irene Garden
Grange Resource Centre
Wendy and David Hodgson
I Can
Lead Scotland
Lucy MacDonald
Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
Momentum
The NAV Directorate
NCH Scotland
Psoriasis Scotland
Quarriers
Mr and Mrs Riddell
Graham Oxburgh — Riley, Dunn and Wilson LTD
Aileen Robinson
Janet Scott
Scottish Accessible Information Forum
Scottish Council on Deafness
Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Scottish Disability Sport
Scottish Visually Impaired Skiers Club
Scottish University for Industry
Sense Scotland
Skill Scotland
Vikki Thomson
Willie Trimble
Work Research Institute, Oslo

ANNEX G: DOCUMENTATION THAT HAS NOT BEEN REPRODUCED IN THE REPORT

  • Welfare to Work, Advising Disabled People, Training Pack and Research Findings
  • Scottish Arts Council, Getting There: A Practical Resource for Arts venues in Scotland to Increase the Inclusion of Disabled People
  • The Intellectual Access Trust, Access in Mind: towards the inclusive museum, 1998
  • Cinema Exhibitors’ Association, Best Practice Guidelines for the Provision of Services to Disabled Customers and the Employment of Disabled People, October 2002
  • The Dare Foundation, National Comparative Report of the Dare Foundation for the TISEE Project 2002-2004, 2004
  • West Lothian College, Access and Inclusion Strategy, April 2003
  • West Lothian College, Inclusiveness Policy Statements, March 2003
  • West Lothian College, Disability Inclusiveness Policy, March 2003
  • West Lothian College, Equal Opportunities Policy, March 2003
  • West Lothian College, Race Equality Policy, December 2004
  • West Lothian College, Inclusive monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment, November 2005
  • Michael Evans, Employing People With Disabilities, 2001
  • Disability Rights Commission, The Appointment DVD, 2005
  • Employment Disability Unit, Employment Disability Unit Report 2005, 2005
  • Employment Disability Unit, Employment Disability Unit Report 2004, 2004
  • Employers’ Forum on Disability, Publications Guide, 2005
  • Employers’ Forum on Disability, The Disability Standard 2005: Benchmark report Summary, 2005
  • Employers’ Forum on Disability, Barrier-free E-recruitment: Recruiting Disabled People Online
  • Work research Institute, Supported Employment in Norway – A National Mainstream Programme, 2004
  • PAMIS, Time for Change – the need for adult changing facilities in accessible loos video and factsheets, January2003
  • Fife Employability Network, Directory of opportunities for disabled people in Fife, 2005
  • Mindroom, Hope Services and Dumfries and Galloway Council, It takes all kinds of minds – meeting and accommodating learning difficulties in the workplace, 2005
  • Skill Scotland, Into nursing and midwifery
  • Good life – positive attitudes group, Listening to the Voice of Experience
  • EUSE, 7th EUSE Conference Barcelona 2005, June 2005
  • Hansel Alliance, 40th Anniversary, 2003
  • Hansel Alliance, Introduction to Hansel Values, Aims and Objectives
  • Alan Rees MBE, Place to Place; About mobility, transport and disabled people, 2005
  • MACS, Valuable for anyone, valuable for everyone – providing accessible information about travel
  • MACS, Recommended minimum training standard for staff assisting disabled people
  • MACS, Transport Strategies: Planning for inclusion
  • Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People – Moving and Handling Issues
  • Volunteer Development Scotland – Volunteering and Disability: Top Tips
  • Unity Enterprise – Elderly and Disabled Tourist/Traveller Proposal
  • Psoriasis Scotland, Briefing Document
  • Skin Care Campaign Scotland

Remit and Membership

Remit:

The remit of the Equal Opportunities Committee is to consider and report on matters relating to equal opportunities and upon the observance of equal opportunities within the Parliament.

Membership:

Cathy Peattie (Convener)
Marlyn Glen
Carolyn Leckie
Marilyn Livingstone
Mr Jamie McGrigor
Elaine Smith
Margaret Smith
John Swinburne
Ms Sandra White

Committee Clerking Team:

Clerk to the Committee
Steve Farrell

Senior Assistant Clerk
Zoé Tough

Assistant Clerk
Roy McMahon

Support Manager
Sam Currie

 

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