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A wee blether with… Margaret Smith, Principal Officer for Employment & Training at Falkirk Council 

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SCLD went to meet with Margaret Smith who manages a small, but dedicated team at Falkirk Council working to help people who need additional support to find employment.  Nice to meet you Margaret. What is it that you like best about your day-to-day job?   Hi there, nice to meet you too! I manage a small team of people who predominantly support people with learning …

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Evidence & Policy Internship

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*Please note that applications for this post have now closed. Join our team at the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD).  The Evidence & Policy Internship is a great opportunity for a disabled person who is committed to enabling people with learning disabilities to live their best lives and is interested in gaining experience in evidence and policy. The opportunity …

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Standing up for the human rights of children and young people with learning disabilities

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Tuesday 10th December marks Human Rights Day, the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights which has influenced international Human Rights treaties ever since. The theme of Human Rights Day 2019 is ‘Youth Standing Up for Rights’. Globally we have seen outstanding examples of children and young people standing up for their rights and making their …

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Putting the voice of disabled people at the centre of our democracy

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Representatives from the main political parties were grilled by disabled people and families at a ‘hustings’ style Q&A event organised by 10 leading disability charities, including the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD). More than 100 disabled people and their families, carers and professionals attended the national hustings event which took place on Thursday 5th December at Augustine United Church, …

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Self-Directed Support, Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities

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The ‘Self-Directed Support, Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities’ event took place as part of The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s Self-Directed Support Masterclass Series, which aims to break down barriers to accessing Self-Directed Support (SDS) and look at the ways it can help people who have a disability or who are living with a long-term health condition, …

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Guest Blog: SallyAnn Kelly on the Rights of Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland

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To celebrate World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, SCLD asked SallyAnn Kelly CEO of Aberlour to reflect on the rights of children in Scotland and what needs to be done to ensure children and young people with learning disabilities can realise their rights…  This week marks the 30th …

Learning Disability Week 2020

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020

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It’s that time of year again (almost)! Time to start making plans for Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020.  Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020 will take place from Monday 18th – Sunday 24th May.  The team at the Scottish Commission for people with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) are busily working away making preparations at present. The theme for Learning Disability Week 2020 …

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A home of my own… Marie’s story

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Choosing where, how and with who you live is a basic right that is often hard won by people with a learning disability in Scotland. In the run up to Scottish Housing Day on Wednesday 18th September 2019, SCLD is publishing a series of blogs to raise awareness of the challenges people with learning disabilities face when it comes to …