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The Learning Disability Awards

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) hosts the annual Scottish Learning Disability Awards, which are the culmination of activities taking place across Scotland as part of Learning Disability Week. The Awards are held annually in May.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of people with learning disabilities in Scotland. We also want to recognise the invaluable support provided by family carers and others who support people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential.

There are 8 Award Categories which this year have been centred around our Learning Disability Week theme, ‘Community – Active, Connected, Included‘. Each award category has a judging panel to make sure each nomination is assessed fairly.

The finalists are filmed and their stories are shown at the Learning Disability Awards Ceremony where they are presented with their awards at a gala event.

Get involved with the Learning Disability Awards

  • Share your expertise and take part in our judging panels
  • Could you or your organisation sponsor an Award?
  • Help spread the word about the Learning Disability Awards and Learning Disability Week.

Nominations for the Scottish Learning Disability Awards are now open

We will be in touch with everyone who is taking part on the week beginning Monday 25th March 2019.

The Scottish Learning Disability Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely heard stories and achievements of people with learning disabilities and the people who support them. We want to use Learning Disability Week 2019 as a platform to celebrate the contribution of people with learning disabilities in their communities across Scotland.

Please note that the Learning Disability Awards are only open to people living in Scotland.

Award categories

an award winner holds his award and smiles next to presenter Rona MacDougall

The 2019 Awards will recognise finalists under 8 categories. Find out more about our award categories and access nomination forms by clicking on the links below.

Awards for people with learning disabilities

Awards for supporters

What to expect

  • What to expect when you submit a nomination
  • Easy read: What to expect when you submit a nomination


View videos of our 2018 finalists here:

Learning Disability Awards 2018: Our finalists


You can read a Daily Record news article about last year’s Awards’ night here.


View our photo gallery here:


Learning Disability Awards Photo Album

If you have any questions about the 2019 awards, please give us a call on 0141 248 3733 or email awards@scld.co.uk