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Accessibility matters – for everyone 

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To mark accessible software company, Recite Me’s first ever awareness week: “What Accessibility Means to Me?”, our Digital Communications Adviser, Libby, writes about what digital accessibility means to the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD).  This week (18th – 22nd October) is Recite Me’s first ever awareness week. The aim of the week has been to highlight the importance …

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The targeting of women with learning disabilities

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In our final blog to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, Dr Phillippa Wiseman writes about the unique challenges that women and girls with learning disabilities face from hate crime and the need to recognise these intersecting identities under hate crime law. People with learning disabilities experience all forms of violence, over and above other non-disabled people. In research that we …

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Data matters: The impact of hate crime on people with learning disabilities in Scotland

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Following SCLD highlighting the need for disaggregation of disability hate crime data in Scotland, we are now beginning to gain a greater understanding of the prejudice facing people with learning disabilities in their communities. In this blog, SCLD’s Human Rights Adviser, Oonagh Brown, discusses why this development in data disaggregation is important and what we need to do next to …

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What can we do about disability hate crime?

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On Hate Crime Awareness Week (9th – 16th October 2021) we hear from Nick Watson, Professor of Disability Research from the University of Glasgow, about what we can do about disability hate crime and its disproportionate affect on people with learning disabilities.  People with a learning disability don’t need to be told about hate crime – it is others who …

What do Human Rights mean to you?

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People with learning disabilities alongside The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and The Publishing Bureau launched ‘Human Rights Town’, an app to empower people with learning disabilities to recognise and realise their rights. In this blog, App Development Group Member, Leeanne Clark, shares what human rights mean to people with learning disabilities in Scotland.  The Scottish Commission …

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They’re our human rights too!

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On the 30th of August people with learning disabilities alongside The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and The Publishing Bureau launched ‘Human Rights Town’, an app to empower people with learning disabilities to recognise and realise their rights. In this blog, App Development Group Member, Lindsay Kinloch, shares why human rights and this app important to the …

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Let’s get Active, Connected and Included!

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has produced a set of documents to help people with learning disabilities to become more included in their local communities. The Active, Connected, Included project has been developed in collaboration with a number of local organisations, including community groups, local authorities and Third Sector Interface (TSI) organisations. SCLD met with people …

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Welcome to Human Rights Town!

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The  Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched a new app, ‘Human Rights Town’, designed to help people with learning disabilities to understand their human rights.    The development of the app has been led by a group of people with learning disabilities who have been working with SCLD and digital design company, Publishing Bureau, to create the finished product.    The app invites users to travel around a virtual ‘Human …

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A Position Statement on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland

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Scotland is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions which we have adapted to living within for the past 18 months are beginning to be eased. For many people with learning disabilities in Scotland, the pandemic has been a very unsettling time; many people with learning disabilities have been shielding and many have experienced cuts to their support packages …

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A world with better wellbeing

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As we begin to emerge from the pandemic and move towards fewer restrictions in our daily lives, SCLD’s Participation & Partnership Lead, Andy Miller, reflects on the data gathered from SCLD’s 2019 “How’s Life?” survey and what this means in a post pandemic world… The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has just published its second report from …