celebrity baker James Morton sits beside Stephen Dickson who designed the Learning Disability Week mascot, 'Uno the Unicorn', both holding cup cakes with Uno the Unicorn cake toppers on them.

Bake Off Star supports Scotland’s Learning Disability Week

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Great British Bake Off finalist, and author, James Morton, showed his support for this year’s Scottish Learning Disability Week by coming along to a ‘Communi-tea’ event. The ‘Communi-tea’ event was for people with learning disabilities and their supporters to come together to enjoy some home baking and play a variety of tea party – themed games. James has also written …

A wee blether with… Leeanne Clark FRSA

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The theme for Learning Disability Week 2019 is ‘Community – Active, Connected and Included’.  We asked Leeanne Clark, FRSA about what community means to her. Leeanne is one of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability’s RSA Fellows. SCLD – Leeanne, what does Community mean to you? Leeanne – That’s quite a hard question to think about. But when I think about …

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The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland

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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment TASK Group report to Scottish Government Ministers. The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability. In 2016 SCLD commissioned a report, Mapping the …

Whose community is it anyway?

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The theme for Learning Disability Week 2019 is ‘Community – Active, Connected, Included’.  The word ‘community’ means something different to each of us, so as part of our exploration of what it means to be ‘active’, ‘connected’ and ‘included’, we’re asking people from all walks of life to give us their perspective on what community means to them. To give …

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Social Security (Scotland) Act – an update

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The Social Security (Scotland) Act requires the Scottish Government to make advocacy support available to those people with a disability who need an advocate to help with the Scottish social security system. If you are interested in working with the Scottish Government to help develop advocacy standards for this support, you can complete this meeting request form. You can also download …

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A Culture Strategy for Scotland

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Scotland’s culture is one of its greatest strengths. The history, traditions, languages, landscapes and creativity that make up modern Scotland are something we should celebrate. The Scottish Government has made a commitment to develop a culture strategy for Scotland; in 2017 they engaged in discussions with individuals, artists and creative producers, communities and organisations, to produce a draft Culture Strategy. …

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Getting Fit and Having Fun!

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The Learning Disability Managed Care Network are holding an event in partnership with the Scottish Government about the importance of physical activity for people with learning disability. The event is on Tuesday 18th September from 9am – 4:30pm at Falkirk Stadium in Falkirk. Come along if you work with people with learning disability and want to find out more about: Supporting people to choose and engage in …

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Making our voices heard – advocacy and learning disability

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Wednesday 11th July 2018 In July 2018 SCLD launched a scoping report: A stronger Voice? A scoping study of independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities . The Report explored advocacy provision and experiences of advocacy support for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. People with learning disabilities often find it difficult to make their voice heard. They can experience barriers …

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A wee blether with… actor Abi Brydon

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Monday 2nd July 2018 Abi Brydon, actress with INSPIRE Fife and Suzanne Lofthus, director at Cutting Edge Theatre This month sees the launch of our research paper  – Safe and Healthy Relationships: Empowering People with Learning Disabilities through Education. Sex and relationships education, setting and maintaining personal boundaries and having the freedom to choose who we enter a relationship with …

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A home of our own…

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Monday 11 June 2018   “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Joan McAlpine chose these words, by Maya Angelou, to open a recent debate in the Scottish Parliament on Appropriate Housing for People with Learning Disabilities. They serve as a reminder that for …