We are a member-led organisation which works with its members in a mutually beneficial way to promote equality for disabled people in Scotland.

We rely greatly on the support of our members, and our members are the voice of disabled people in Scotland.

There are two categories of membership available.  Our membership is FREE.

Corporate Membership

Individual Membership

Criteria

Open to all organisations that can meet at least two of the criteria below:

  1. Interest or involvement in disability related issues
  2. Has a majority of staff or trustees who have a disability

Supports the aims of Scottish Disability Equality Forum

Open to all people with a disability or with a personal involvement in disability

Voting

Each corporate member has one vote at our Annual General Meetings Each individual member has one vote at our Annual General Meetings

Benefits

  • 50% off SDEF Sponsorship Premium Package
  • Quarterly printed publication, ‘Open Door magazine
  • Monthly email newsletter ‘SDEF Voice’
  • Opportunity to have your voice heard with policy consultations
  • Invitation to member events
  • Entry into our Corporate members directory on SDEF website
  • Promotion of your news and events through our Social Media and Membership
  • Quarterly printed magazine ‘Open Door’
  • Monthly email newsletter  ‘SDEF Voice’
  • Membership Pack includes: Members Handbook, Thistle Assistance Card, SDEF Badge, SDEF Pen
  • Opportunity to have your voice heard with policy consultations
  • Invitation to member events

Support and Signposting

We answer many member enquiries and signpost them to the appropriate organisation, individual or information source.

Networking Opportunities

We make introductions to key decision makers  and contacts and make sure members have frequent opportunities to meet and network with relevant audiences. We help members make the right connections.

Your views, experiences and expertise

All our policy is formulated directly from our member views, experiences and expertise. We believe that our members are the experts.

We respond to all relevant Scottish Government, parliamentary, think tank and other consultations.

We regularly ask our members for their views on many diverse policy issues – which then directly feeds in to our policy work and government consultation responses.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for members to participate in the governance and representation of SDEF.  Members will be offered the opportunity to attend members meetings, and where eligible, vote in elections and to stand as candidates themselves. Support will be offered to members to enable them to fulfil their democratic responsibilities.

Get in touch

For general information or any queries regarding membership, please contact:

James Davidson
Tel: 01259 272066
Email: james.davidson@sdef.org.uk

If you would like to become a member, please complete our online application form below:

or you can download the application form here: