Don’t Hold Back

By Liam McGinley My name is Liam McGinley, I am 17 years and am diagnosed with autism. I go to secondary school. School was the only place where I could be sociable but I would sometimes walk about by myself minding my own business during school intervals because I felt comfortable with it, apart from that…

Language is Powerful

By Lynsey Pattie Language is powerful. This election campaign has rightly pointed out sexist language used against female candidates is unacceptable and that racist language will never be tolerated. However, ableist language, especially in regards to mental health, has been used frequently and I wonder why this isn’t taken as seriously. You only have to look…

One in Five’s Accessible Manifesto Report Card

One week before the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, the One in Five campaign produced their Accessible Manifesto Report Card on the accessibility of the main political party manifestos. The One in Five campaign aims to increase political participation among disabled people in Scotland and believes that removing the barriers disabled people face when accessing politics will help…

Call for political parties to support equal representation measures

Equalities organisations calling for equal representation for women, LGBTI, BME and disabled people are due to meet with representatives from Scotland’s political parties on Tuesday  to discuss measures to improve diversity in politics. In a meeting hosted by Marco Biagi MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, equalities organisations will present a vision for…

One Year On

One year on from their launch, the cross party campaign group One in Five, rallied together outside the Scottish Parliament today to remind Scotland’s Political Parties of their commitments to address the under-representation of disabled people in politics and the need to put disabled people’s rights at the heart of the campaign for Holyrood. Since their launch…

One in Five Statement

Siobhan McMahon MSP today highlights an issue that affects ALL political parties and politics in general. Our campaign recognises this and seeks to address the barriers disabled people face accessing politics. We are proud of the way that each of the main political parties in Scotland have recognised the challenges and faced them, with us,…

Empowering disabled people

New project to tackle underrepresentation of disabled people in politics.  New funding of £35,305 will help disabled people participate in politics.    Disabled people, a group which is under-represented within elected offices across Scotland, will now get extra support to help encourage participation and representation. The wide ranging support for increasing disabled people’s representation in politics…

CAMPAIGN VICTORY: Disabled Candidates’ Personal Expenses

“We have changed the definition of personal expenses so that a candidate’s disability should no longer affect the amount they can spend in campaigning. Some disabilities can result in candidates having to incur extra expenditure such as needing to use taxis or requiring sign language interpreters. So in future, any costs which are directly attributed…