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Summit 2023

Date: Saturday 25 November 2023 from 12 noon to 6pm

Location: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

A woman with a visual impairment, a younger woman in a wheelchair, and a man standing with his arms folded, against a yellow background 

The Scottish Parliament will hold its first Summit to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 25 November 2023.

It will be a day of celebration for all, including

  • keynote speeches on breaking down social barriers and the fight for equality and human rights  
  • a cross-party panel discussion where our panellists will share their experiences as disabled persons 
  • an opportunity for you to put your questions to the panel during a short question-and-answer session

The hybrid Summit will be hosted by Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP, on behalf of Jeremy Balfour MSP and Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP, the Convener and Deputy Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Disability.

Programme for attending online

Follow this link to attend online

Programme for in-person attendees

12pm: Delegate lunch in the Garden Lobby

2pm: Chamber event

4pm: Closing reception in Garden Lobby

6pm: Event ends 

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone and the Parliament's BSL Officer provide information on Summit 2023

The Summit will start with lunch in the Garden Lobby from 12pm to 1.45pm. Guests will then be escorted to the Debating Chamber for the hybrid session chaired by the Presiding Officer from 2pm to 4pm. The day of celebration will finish with a reception in the Garden Lobby from 4pm to 6pm. 

All guests attending the Summit in person are asked to be at the Scottish Parliament by 11.45am at the latest.


If you need communication support to attend in-person, for example a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, electronic notetaker or palantypist, please let us know when registering your interest.

We will do everything we can to ensure that support is available but unfortunately we cannot guarantee it. There is a huge demand for these services in Scotland and not enough BSL interpreters or electronic notetakers to meet that demand.

Learn about the Scottish Parliament’s accessibility features and services 

Read the Scottish Parliament’s accessibility statement

Contact details

We do hope you can join us for the Summit to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. If you have any questions about the Summit and how we can assist, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or telephone the Events and Exhibitions Team on 0131 348 6933 during office hours.

Data protection

We handle any personal information you give us in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR.  For information on how we will use your data please read the privacy notice for Summit 2023.

Please note it is our intention that the Summit will be broadcast live on Scottish Parliament TV with BSL.  If you do wish to register your interest to attend in-person, please review our Broadcasting and Photography privacy notice.