Accessible Housing and Supporting Independent Living

This event will scrutinise current policy aimed at delivering accessible housing for older people and people with disabilities, as well as opportunities for shared learning and exchange of good practice in relation to housing as a tool for supporting independent living.

Supporting independent living

In May 2018 the Equality and Human Rights Commission released its report into provision of accesible and adaptable housing for disabled people in Scotland, which found that disabled people's ability to live independently is severely hampered by a chronic shortage of appropriate accessible homes and significant bureaucracy preventing home adaptations.

Meanwhile the Scottish Government and COSLA released their refreshed joint strategy for older people's housing, 'Age, Home and Community', in August 2018 with the aim of better supporting independent living for older people within their community.

Join Holyrood on 28 March 2019 for this timely opportunity for key stakeholders groups to come together and assess Scottish Government policies aimed at delivering accessible housing and embedding independent living for older people.

Key issues we will address with you

  • The current policy context in relation to accessible housing and independent living
  • Perspectives on key policy priorities for improving supply of accessible homes
  • Future-proofing: the role of technology in making homes accessible and supporting indendent living
  • Beyond bricks and mortar: building viable communities for independent living

Confirmed speakers

  • Angela O'Brien, Head of Housing and Independent Living, Scottish Government
  • Moira Bayne, Chief Executive, Housing Options Scotland
  • Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded
  • Karen Pickering, Director, Park Architects

Who should attend

  • Scottish Government
  • Local authorities - including housing, planning and transport officials
  • Charities representing groups in need of accesible housing including older people and people with disabilities
  • Housing associations and registered social landlords
  • Health and Social Care Partnerships
  • House builders
  • Private landlord organisations


09.15 Registration and Refreshments

10.00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Session 1: Overview of Current Policy and Assessing Policy Priorities

10.05 Opening Keynote

10.25 Questions and Comments From the Floor

10.45 Interactive Roundtable Discussion

11.30 Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: The Role of Technology in Accessible Homes

13.00 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Beyond Housing - Building Viable Communities for Independent Living

14.55 Chair's Closing Remarks

15.00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 



Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

28 March 2019

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