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.

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Our Annual Review 2018 - 2019

It has certainly been an action-packed 12 months for the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability.

We are very proud to present our first digital Annual Review!

It showcases some important highlights from SCLD’s work over the financial year 2018 - 2019. 

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'How's Life?' Scotland's Learning Disability Survey

'How's Life?' Scotland's national Learning Disability Survey is open until Monday 30th September 2019.

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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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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Social Media

Being close to your local community can be an important factor in choosing where you live. Adrian says: "I told my team I wanted to move closer to town and they helped me find a new place. It was my own decision." Here is Adrian's* story -…

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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 came to Glasgow in 2019!


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

Over 1,500 delegates attended over the 4 day Congress. You can find out more about IASSIDD here.

You can also watch the promotional video and follow #FUTURE4ALL on social media channels to find out what happened during the Congress.


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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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