About us

Founded in 1998, DAS is an alliance of Scotland’s major disability organisations.

Together our experience, expertise and interests cover physical disability, sensory impairment, learning disability, communication support needs and mental health. Working closely with the thousands of disabled children, young people and adults, families and carers involved with the member organisations, DAS aims to:

  • Influence public policy and legislation to help disabled people and the people around them.
  • Provide a forum for decision makers and influencers to obtain advice and information.
  • Promote a better understanding of the diverse experiences, needs and aspirations of disabled people.

The members of DAS are:

  • Action on Hearing Loss Scotland
  • Capability Scotland
  • ENABLE Scotland
  • RNIB Scotland
  • SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health)
  • Sense Scotland

DAS focuses on the issues that will have the most impact for disabled people in Scotland. Key policy areas of interest include: employment, social security, stigma and discrimination, transport and Health and Social Care.

DAS' work is led by an Exec Group, with input from the Policy Group. These are representatives of the six member organisations. Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. is the Chair of DAS; and Jan Savage, Executive Director of External Affairs for ENABLE Scotland, chairs the Policy Group. More information on the membership of the two Groups is available here. We are also developing a group of Ambassadors, volunteers who will support and input into our strategy and day-to-day activities and priorities.

Accessible communications are a very important consideration for DAS.  Read about our accessible information protocol.

A BSL video explaining the role and membership of DAS is available here.

 

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