The organisation Indepen-dent Living in Scotland (ILIS) briefed all MSPs ahead of a debate this afternoon which will call for more role models and other initiatives to make disabled people feel as if politics is open to them.
ILIS is calling for an Operation Disabled vote to copy the way Operation Black Vote targeted the democratic deficit affecting ethnic minority commun-ities in the UK in the 1990s.
While one in five people have a disability few politic-ians such as Aberdeen South MP Anne Begg identify themselves as disabled.
The issue will be debated at Holyrood after James Dornan MSP tabled a motion on the back of ILIS report Politically Incorrect.
Campaigners want a Scottish Access to Politics Fund to help support people with disabilities to cope with expenses they might incur in becoming a candidate.
A UK fund is only open to those contesting seats at Westminster, or on English councils and has paid out just £80,000 from a £2.6million budget, halfway through the three-year scheme.
Pam Duncan, ILIS policy officer, said the political climate appeared hostile to many disabled people.
She said: "The rhetoric of scroungers versus skivers makes many people feel that there is no political party sticking up for me so why would I want to be part of them. But people with disabilities are great problem solvers and want to play a part."