Glasgow & West Scotland

Hustings uses drama to raise disability issues

GDA hustings event Image copyright GDA
Image caption GDA members performed sketches to help illustrate some of the barriers which hold disabled people back

People with disabilities have used a drama performance to help raise issues with council candidates in Glasgow.

The Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) hustings event on Wednesday included sketches based on disabled people's real lives.

The interactive show encouraged audience members to contribute ideas on how to tackle the challenges presented.

GDA said it was important to elect councillors who would listen to the needs of Glasgow's disabled population.

The event - named "I'm a person in need, and you are a human being!" - took place at Maryhill Burgh Hall.

GDA CEO Tressa Burke said disabled people faced extreme levels of poverty and mounting challenges had "far outweighed progress".

She said: "GDA has worked in partnership with the council and others to pioneer an independent living strategy to tackle barriers and embed disability equality across Glasgow - now it's time for action."

GDA founder member Susan McGinley said: "Disabled people make up a quarter of Glasgow's population - if this seems surprising, it's because we're excluded and isolated everyday by a city full of barriers."

The 2011 census suggested 23% of people in Glasgow had a health problem or disability that limited their day-to-day activities.

Another GDA hustings is due to take place at the Couper Institute in Clarkston Road on Friday.