Charlie McMillan announces plan to move on from SCLD

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Wednesday 5 June 2024 The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) today confirmed that its Chief Executive, Charlie McMillian, has announced that he plans to move on from the organisation later this year.  Having joined SCLD five years ago and led the Commission and its staff group through a hugely successful programme of change, which places the voices …

Women with Learning Disabilities Inspiring Inclusion in Gender-Based Violence Policies and Beyond

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“Too often…feminists with disabilities have been excluded from the spaces, conversations, and movements that have shaped progress towards gender equality at the global, regional, national, and local levels.” (The Inclusive Generation Equality Collective, 2022) At the launch of the Scottish Government and COSLA’s new strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, called Equally Safe, we were delighted …

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill consultation – Information

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The Scottish Government has a plan for a new law they think will make life better for people with learning disabilities, this will be called the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill. We will call this the LDAN Bill for short. SCLD believes that the Bill could make a big difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in …

The Lived Experience Board and the Scottish Government Human Rights Bill Team meet to discuss the Human Right Bill

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A blog by Sarah D’Agrosa As part of the Lived Experience Board’s ongoing work on the Human Rights Bill process, the board met via Zoom with members of the Scottish Government Human Rights Bill team. Despite a busy diary, 6 members of the team from various departments made time to meet with members of the board. The Lived Experience Board …

Blog by Michelle Mair: SCLD publishes Power Women: Gender-Based Violence and Learning Disability Leadership Course Impact Report

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Last year People First (Scotland)’s Equally Safe Group and SCLD co-designed and delivered Power Women, a pioneering leadership course led by women with learning disabilities, for self-identifying women with learning disabilities who have experienced gender-based violence in Scotland. This powerful example of women with learning disabilities empowering their peers to make Scotland a better place for women and girls with …

John’s story

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“My name is John. I grew up in the Royal Scottish National Hospital (RSNH) when I was a wee tot. I don’t remember my life before that. I went in there when I was about two or three years old. They put me in the hospital because they said I had epilepsy and I was having fits, but I don’t …

Blog by Lorne Berkley: Dynamic Support Registers

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The first national publication of data from Dynamic Support Registers for people with learning disabilities and complex care needs has been published by Public Health Scotland. The Dynamic Support Register was launched in May 2023, as one of the key recommendations from the Coming Home Implementation report. The Coming Home Implementation report set an ambitious mission of reducing delayed discharge …

Change, made easy

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In June ARC Scotland launched Principles into Practice and a digital application, Compass, with the aim of transforming experiences of young people with additional support needs and their families as they make the transition to adulthood. Tracey Francis, Policy and Development Worker at ARC Scotland, tells us more. Ask anyone – becoming an adult is one of the most complex …

A Call for Standards on Accessible Services for Women with Learning Disabilities who Experience Gender-Based Violence: Guest Blog

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To celebrate the launch of the Scottish Government’s report on the Independent Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Violence Against Women and Girls Services, SCLD invited the Chair of the review, Lesley Irving, to reflect on the recommendations of the report to ensure women with learning disabilities can realise their rights. Lesley is also the former Head of the …