Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland is one of the leading Scottish disability organisations (Scottish Charity number SC36524) and has over 60 years experience of providing services to disabled people of all ages in Scotland.


The organisation was launched in 1946 by a group of committed parents and professionals. The first service, Westerlea School for children with cerebral palsy, opened in December that year.

Originally known as the Scottish Council for Spastics it became Capability Scotland in 1996. Capability Scotland claims to be the largest of the Scottish disability organisations.


From its original purpose of supporting people with cerebral palsy, it has developed to support children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities. Now one of Scotland’s leading disability organisations it provides a diverse range of services including community living, day and residential services, employment, respite/short breaks, therapy, education and learning, family support and activities.


Apart from providing services Capability Scotland are also a campaigning organisation committed to working with disabled people to create a just and fair Scotland.

Advice Service Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland’s national advice and information sevice – Advice Service Capability Scotland, or ASCS as it is better known, provides free confidential advice and information on a range of disability issues including specialist advice on cerebral palsy.

Equality Unit

Capability Scotland also has its own Equality Unit which supports organisations throughout Scotland to meet their legal responsibilities and good practice when it comes to customers and employees with a disability.

Volunteering Opportunities

With over 500 volunteers Capability Scotland offers many different types of volunteering opportunities from helping out with activities in its services and centres, to working in its shops or helping out with fundraising events.

Capability Scotland is a member of the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability.

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