Scottish Learning Disability Week 2021 blog

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

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“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 …

Exploring global models of Supported Employment

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Inspired by the International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL), the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and Inspiring Scotland invite you to explore different models of Supported Employment for people with learning disabilities. On Tuesday 1st June from 3.30-5pm we are holding a free webinar featuring a presentation on Microsoft’s Global Supported Employment Program. There will also be …

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Could you be a future leader?

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Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) have teamed up to create a leadership course for people with learning disabilities. The ‘Our Future Leaders’ is open to 10 people with learning disabilities and will run over the summer months from 4 May – 24 August 2021. It is designed to help participants develop the skills …

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Taking the Next Steps for Children’s Rights in Scotland

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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 …

COVID-19 vaccination rollout: Mitigating Inequalities

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In December 2020 SCLD issued a statement in regard to human rights concerns over the prioritisation of people with learning/intellectual disabilities in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. In view of the recent publication of research, and from our own dialogue with people with learning/intellectual disabilities and the organisations who support them, we have issued an updated statement on the necessity of …

Impact of COVID-19 on people with a learning disability in Scotland

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The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory have published statistics on the mortality rate for people with learning/intellectual disabilities in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statistics show that people within the learning/intellectual disabilities population were more than three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in the general population. SCLD has issued a statement in response to the publication …

Scotland goes into New Year lockdown

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As of Tuesday 5th January 2021, the Scottish Government has announced a nationwide lockdown. People are advised to stay at home as much as possible and to only leave home for essential reasons. You can find out more about the new restrictions here. To help people with learning/intellectual disabilities to understand how the lockdown restrictions will affect them, the Scottish …

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UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

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To mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) invited key stakeholders to take part in a virtual roundtable, on incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into Scottish law. At the event we heard inputs from the United …