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Introducing SCLD’s new Digital Transformation Programme Lead… meet Chloe!

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Who am I? Hello, my name is Chloe Goodall, and I’m delighted to join the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) team as the Digital Transformation Programme Lead. I have worked with non-profit organisations as a volunteer or staff for over 15 years, with a focus on education, learning, equality and human rights. I am also a mentor for …

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“How’s Life?” is always an important question for people with learning disabilities

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SCLD team member Andy Miller reflects on the 2019 national survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland, “How’s Life?” and considers the upheaval of the past few years… We’ve all just completed the census, the national survey of all households in Scotland. The previous one was eleven years ago (usually it’s ten, but Covid), the same year a tsunami …

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The power of the Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) programme

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Sophie Pilgrim is Director of Kindred, a voluntary organisation that each year supports over 700 families of children and young people with complex needs. In a guest blog she shares her experience of the Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) programme…  From the moment I heard about E-PAtS from the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities, I felt that …

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Bridging the digital gap: What the pandemic taught us

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Today (Thursday 19th May) is Global Accessibility Awareness Day – the purpose of this day is get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. The adoption of digital technologies has been so rapid, that much of our daily lives now take place online, with everything from banking to shopping, to dating and making friends now done in …

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What does inclusive Early Years care look like? A parent’s view

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Following on from the publication of our Early Years report during Scottish Learning Disability Week, SCLD asked Jacqueline, a parent of a young child with a learning disability, to share her own experience of accessing Early Years education and childcare…  “When you have your first child who meets and exceeds all their milestones, it comes as a huge shock when …

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A New Human Rights Bill for Scotland: Giving People with Learning Disabilities a Voice

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SCLD is delighted to introduce you to a new member of our team… Who am I? Hello, my name is Sarah D’Agrosa, and I am thrilled to have joined The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) as the Human Rights Engagement Adviser. I have worked in learning disabilities support and care for over a decade, focusing on independent …

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My life as part of my community – Brian’s blog

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Brian Boardman is a graduate of the ‘Our Future Leaders’ course, and someone steeped in the life of his community in the Scottish Borders. Following the launch of the “How’s life?” Survey report My Community, My Choice? Brian reflects on his involvement in community life, the rewards and challenges to being an active participant in his own community… “SCLD asked …

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Communities of change

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SCLD has recently published the final two reports exploring the results of the “How’s Life?” Survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland: My Home, My Community and My Time, My Choice? In his guest blog marking the launch of the reports, Dominic Jarrett (North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership) explores the importance of the stories we hear and the …

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A programme for change to tackle Gender Based Violence

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We are delighted to introduce the newest member of the SCLD team… Michelle our Gender Based Violence Project Adviser… “Hello my name is Michelle Park and I am delighted to introduce myself to you as the new Gender Based Violence Project Adviser for the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD), where I am part of our small Human …