Welcome to Scotland’s Access Panels

Unique to Scotland, Access Panels are groups of disabled volunteers who work together to improve physical access and wider social inclusion in their local communities. The network is managed by Disability Equality Scotland.

disabled man using wheelchair on street and stopping near stairs without ramp

Latest news & blog

Make your mark

I would like to thank everyone involved in the Access Panel Networks. The work you do as volunteers, working together to improve the physical access and wider social inclusion for your local communities, your knowledge and your expertise are invaluable.

Christina McKelvie MSP

Disability Equality Accessibility Learning (DEAL)

Coming soon!

Our new e-learning course is self paced and provides a certification upon completion. Access Panel members can undertake the course for free!

Our achievements

  • 2020

    Access Panels adapt to remote working as a response to the pandemic

  • 2019

    Three Access Panels recognised for outstanding contribution at the Scottish Sensory Awards

  • 2018

    15-year anniversary of the Access Panel Network

  • 2017

    The Scottish Disability Equality Forum changes its name to Disabilty Equality Scotland

  • 2010

    There are 32 Access Panels in Scotland

  • 2007

    The Scottish Government supports Access Panels via the Access Panel Grant

  • 2003

    The Scottish Disability Equality Forum is set up by Access Panels

  • 1999

    There are 26 Access Panels in Scotland

  • 1992

    There are 13 Access Panels in Scotland

  • 1980

    Secretary of State for Scotland requests that local authorities appoint an access officer.