Major survey to be carried out on living with a physical disability in Aberdeenshire

Residents are being invited to take part in a major survey aimed at finding out what it is like living with a physical disability in Aberdeenshire.

The results of the survey will be used to inform future planning and improve communities for disabled people across Aberdeenshire. 

This survey has been developed by the Physical Disability Strategic Outcome Group, which includes disabled people and carers as well as representatives from Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Grampian and voluntary organisations in Aberdeenshire. 

This group leads on the direction for planning, development and delivery of services for physically disabled people in Aberdeenshire.

In this wide ranging survey people will be asked about their experiences and views on education, employment opportunities, finance, health and social care, family and social life, leisure and sport, housing, communities and transport.

The survey will also ask about their experiences, in particular if they have been subject to discrimination, harassment or hate crime because of their disability.

Anyone wishing to complete the survey can do so at

Printed copies of the survey are available on request by calling Aberdeenshire Council on 03456 08 12 05.

Chair of Communities Committee Cllr Anne Stirling said: “This is a very important survey which will inform us about the challenges people who live with a physical disability in Aberdeenshire face on a daily basis. I would encourage as many people to take part in the survey as possible, so we can look at ways to improve our communities and quality of life for people across Aberdeenshire.

Vice Chair of Communities Committee Cllr Iris Walker said: “This survey will look at all aspects of life in Aberdeenshire for people with a disability. It will be relevant whether people are living in a town or rural village, are in education or employment.  It will look at what leisure facilities are available and how disabled people are treated in Aberdeenshire. I look forward to seeing the results of this survey.”