The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) is the lead strategic partner to the Scottish Government in the delivery of learning disability strategy and policy.

We are an intermediary organisation for the learning disability sector in Scotland, and we are committed to finding new and better ways to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.


Inclusion is key to preventing further abuse

Like many across the learning disability sector and the general public, we were appalled by the revelations of the abuse suffered by people with learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall hospital.

SCLD has published a statement following the investigation into Whorlton Hall which is available below.

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Local Strategy Guidance Launched

SCLD has launched a resource for Health and Social Care Partnerships, local authorities and health boards to use when planning their local learning disability strategies.

The Guidance is part of the 'whole system approach' that the Scottish Government's Keys to life strategy is taking to improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

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Scotland's Learning Disability Survey Launched

'How's Life?' Scotland's national Learning Disability Survey was launched during Learning Disability Week, on Thursday 16th May.

The survey was launched at a 'Communi-Tea Party', hosted by SCLD for survey partners and people with learning disabilities who have been involved in developing the survey.

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Social Media

Remember that you can contact @SCLDNews if you have any questions about 'How's Life?' Scotland's Learning Disability Survey. Take part now: 📞 Phone on 0141 248 3733 📧 Email at 🖱 click on this link - #HowsLifeSurvey…

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Policy Issues

We work across a range of policy issues, such as Employability, Parenting, Housing and Advocacy. You can find out more about what we do and view our publications on our Policy Issues page.

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IASSIDD is coming to Glasgow in 2019!



The World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) is coming to Glasgow this summer from August 6 - 9. 

The Congress has received over 1,000 abstracts in the call for submission. Find out more about IASSIDD and how you can get involved here

You can also watch the promotional video and follow #FUTURE4ALL on social media channels to keep up to date with all the latest. 


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Learning Disability Week 2018

Scottish Learning Disability Awards

The Scottish Learning Disability Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the achievements of people with learning disabilities and the people who support them. 

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Taking an Asset Based Approach:
Blog Series

Introducing SCLD's new blog series! We are inviting guest bloggers from across Scotland to share their experiences of using asset based approaches to developing learning disability strategy locally. Read the latest blog below.
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