Photo of Andy and text reads blog

A world with better wellbeing

Web Admin Blog, News item

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 …

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021 blog

What a week!

Web Admin Blog, News item

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021 was bigger than we expected – that’s for sure! This year’s topic – ‘Relationships’ – has played a bigger part in our daily lives over the past 12 months, and in particular the lives of people with learning disabilities, than ever before. We have always known that for people with learning disabilities, relationships are crucial to the way …

A person types on a laptop

SCLD Supports Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Web Admin Blog, News item

The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) is proud to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by joining together with Recite Me to raise awareness of the importance of creating a digital world which is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they have a disability. So much of our lives now takes place online and this has …

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021 blog

My Family – Leeanne’s Story 

Web Admin Blog

This Scottish Learning Disability Week our theme is ‘Relationships’ and each day we’re exploring a different topic around this theme. For many people relationships with family form the cornerstone of their lives – providing a place of safety and security from which to grow from. However families are different and each person’s relationship with their family is different. In this …

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021 blog

Why Don’t We Talk About Sexuality and Learning Disabilities?

Web Admin Blog

We’re exploring a different topic around our ‘Relationships’ theme each day throughout Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021. Today’s topic is ‘Challenges’ –  The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is a national charity which exists to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. In this blog, CEO of the Trust, Deborah Kitson, explores safeguarding in the context …

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021 blog

Learning Disability and Gender Based Violence: the normalisation of harm, abuse and violence

Web Admin Blog

“Look, I know that everybody gets abused, there are folk worse off than me”  This quote from a woman with learning disabilities who had experienced violence and abuse throughout her life brings into stark relief a central challenge around providing support to this group; the impact of the normalisation of violence and abuse on perceptions of relationships and the expectations of the women …

Picture of Charlie and Jenny with the word 'blog'

Taking the Next Steps for Children’s Rights in Scotland

Web Admin Blog

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child has been incorporated in Scotland! So what now? The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) Chief Executive, Charlie McMillan, and Chief Executive of PAMIS, Jenny Miller reflect on the bill, and what needs to be achieved as it becomes law. Yesterday, The United Nations Convention on The Rights …

Photo of John Paul and Sarah with dates-n-mates logo in the middle

A Wee Blether with… John Paul, National Director of dates-n-mates Scotland and Sarah, Director of dates-n-mates Aberdeen

Web Admin Blog

Relationships matter for people with learning disabilities – anyone who has been keeping an eye on the SCLD website and social media channels over the last month can be in no doubt of that.   Whoever we are and wherever we come from, we all share a need for human connection, whether that be through our families, friends, romantic relationships, or through our community – such as our neighbours and …

Picture of Charlie and Jenny with the word 'blog'

Unlocking the door to children’s human rights

Web Admin Blog

2020 has been a tumultuous year for all of us. The Coronavirus Pandemic has presented considerable new challenges that SCLD and PAMIS believe have disproportionately impacted all disabled people, including people with learning/intellectual disabilities. Despite this, there have been some opportunities for hope including Scotland’s ongoing commitment to becoming a children’s rights respecting nation. We continue to see considerable steps …