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Housing for disabled people

This section looks at the housing options available to disabled people and the issues that they may face in relation to housing. The needs and circumstances of disabled people vary widely. This section provides information on housing options available to people who need little or no support, including issues surrounding accessing care or adaptations to the home, as well as people who need a higher level of support such as residential care.

The information in this section focuses specifically on disabled people. For additional information, see the home ownership section; other parts of the housing options section such as registered social landlords and private rented accommodation; the homelessness applications section for information about applying to the local authority as homeless; and the sections on improvement and repair grants and right to adapt.

Defining disability

This section explains the legal definition of disability. 

Disability discrimination

This section looks at discrimination towards disabled people and explains the legal position on such discrimination. 

Housing with little or no support

This section looks at the housing options available to disabled people who need little or no support. It covers owner-occupied, local authority, and registered social landlord accommodation, and also looks at homelessness applications. 


Disabled people may be able to get a grant to help pay for the cost of adaptations. This page looks at the options available. 

The Human Rights Act and disabled people

This section looks at how the Human Rights Act 1998 can be relevant to disabled people seeking assistance from a local authority. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 29 December 2014