We are a national charity working to achieve full access and inclusion for disabled people.  We promote access in its widest sense, including access to the built and natural environment and access to the same opportunities as enjoyed by others in our communities thus promoting a life of dignity, respect and independence.

This extends beyond physical access to include access to information, access to inclusive communication and inclusion in decision-making, whether with planners over inclusive design or transport providers about accessible travel.

We are also the umbrella organisation for all disability Access Panels in Scotland and we are the principal provider of support and guidance to the Access Panels presently representing disabled persons at a local level throughout Scotland.  Access Panels are committed to improving access and equality in its widest form which means access to the physical environment, Education, Housing, Health, Transport, Leisure & Recreation and Social Justice amongst other areas.

We are a membership organisation and as such listen to the views of disabled people and champion on their behalf.

If you are an individual or an organisation, you can join our membership for FREE and help to further our aims.  On this website you can find out more about what we do, how we do it, and how you can get involved.

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We are currently updating our website, if you are unable to find what you are looking for please call our office on
Tel: 01259 272064 or Email: admin@sdef.org.uk  

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us direct by using contactSCOTLAND-BSL


SDEF hubs are easy to access online spaces that provide information around Inclusive Communication, Accessible Design and Accessible Transport.

These ‘hubs’ do not seek to duplicate existing materials, but signpost visitors to those websites which hold relevant information.

Accessible Travel Hub


The aim of the hub is to educate staff, managers and individuals on accessible travel issues, rights and duties and also to provide local information on accessibility across all modes of transport, including buses, trains, taxis, cars, ferries, planes and community transport.

Inclusive Communication Hub


The Include us all hub provides information, articles, guidance and templates for individuals, staff and professionals on how to communicate more inclusively.  It aims to make Scotland more inclusive in its approach to information by raising awareness of good practice in inclusive communication and accessible information.

Inclusive Design Hub


The Inclusive Design Hub has been developed with the aim of providing information to individuals interested in accessible design, right through to professionals and planners seeking further information and guidance on planning and development, as well as examples of good practice and commitment to inclusive design.

Your Say On Disability


A place for you to tell us your views on disability issues in Scotland.  Created in partnership with the Scottish Disability Equity Forum and Independent Living in Scotland, this website provides the opportunity for disabled people to help to shape Scotland’s future in accessibility and equality.

Access Panel Network


On this Hub you’ll find everything you need to know about the Access Panel Network in Scotland.  Access Panels are groups of volunteers who work together to improve physical access and wider social inclusion in their local communities.