Appendix 4: Glossary

Appendix 4: Glossary


Professionals and citizens sharing power to design, plan and deliver things together – doing things "with" people rather than "to" them (through educating or informing) or "for" them (by engaging or consulting)

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

The national association of most of Scotland's councils


Every mode of travel including walking and cycling, public transport and motoring

Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs)

Organisations run by a management or executive committee on which either all or the majority of the voting membership are disabled people.


The social model of disability makes the important difference between "impairment" and "disability". It recognises that people with impairments are disabled by the barriers that commonly exist in a society. In simple terms, it is not the inability to walk that prevents a person entering a building unaided but the existence of stairs that are inaccessible to a wheelchair-user. In other words, "disability" is socially constructed.

Disability organisations

Organisations for disabled people – these are not necessarily controlled by disabled people as Disabled People's Organisations are.


This Framework document comprises a vision and outcomes for accessibility, an action plan and a plan for delivery.

Hate crime

Any criminal offence motivated by malice and ill-will towards a social group. Hate crime can be motivated by disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or faith.


Things that will indicate if our outcomes are being achieved


The intended consequences of action taking place to improve accessibility

Regional Transport Partnerships

Public bodies designed strengthen the planning and delivery of regional transport developments. Some Partnerships are also responsible for the delivery of transport services.

Transport Scotland

The national transport agency for Scotland

Transport infrastructure

All the structures, installations and vehicles that allow transport to operate

Transport policies

The system of rules and set by public authorities making provision about transport

Transport services

Transport provision to members of the public by public or private operators

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention)

An international convention setting standards of rights for and treatment of disabled people.


A statement encapsulating what we want to achieve