The SNP held its first ever Disabled Members Conference recently.
Aimed at breaking down the barriers faced by people with disabilities entering politics, the Conference followed on from the success of the SNP Women’s Conferences which have successfully contributed to increased participationof disabled people in politics.
As well as a series of workshops the Conference also heard from the First Minister, Minister for Mental Health Jamie Hepburn and Minister for Community Empowerment Marco Biagi.
The Conference was organised by Peterhead resident Jamie Szymkowiak.
Mr Szymkowiak said: “This Conference is the first of its kind for any political party in Scotland – and I am delighted to see the SNP’s commitment to breaking down barriers faced by people with disabilities demonstrated again.
“For many people the conference will be their first political gathering and by sharing experiences I hope we will be able to encourage one another to become more politically active and in doing so expand the definition of activism itself.”
SNP MSP Dennis Robertson, who led a workshop on being a disabled representative, said: “For almost 200 people with disabilities to come together for the first disabled conference of any political party in Scotland is deeply inspiring – and represents a great opportunity to nurture skills, encourage debate and empower our disabled members.”