On the whole consultees were generally supportive of the disability delivery plan and its aims, outcomes and themes. They did, however, want it to go further, and also noted a number of key omissions. In particular, the lack of focus on mental health, on children and young people and on social care was seen as especially problematic. It was also stated that there should be a stronger focus on human rights within the delivery plan.
Certain themes were repeatedly raised. These included: the need for meaningful engagement with disabled people; the importance of inclusive communication; and awareness-raising of barriers to independent living. Poor attitudes, stigma and discrimination were also often cited as being the most significant barriers to equality of opportunity and independent living in disabled people's experience.
Scottish Government officials are currently strengthening the disability delivery plan on the basis of responses to the consultation, and we hope to publish the final plan at the end of the year.