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2018: My Generation!

SCLD is excited to announce that Scotland’s national Learning Disability Week 2018 will take place from Monday 14th – Sunday 20th May.

2018 marks the ‘Year of Young People’ in Scotland, and the theme for Learning Disability Week reflects that. ‘My Generation’ will focus the country’s attention on the experiences of young people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

The ‘My Generation’ theme is also a great way for older people with learning disabilities to highlight how much Scotland has changed during their lifetime. We will be encouraging people with learning disabilities of all ages to reflect on the things that summed up their younger lives.

What problems do young people face, and what needs to change to make sure this generation is able to reach their goals in life? What are the best parts of being a young person with learning disabilities in Scotland today? Are there opportunities that there might not have been in the past? How can young people overcome the barriers they still face? Have attitudes changed and what role has technology played in people’s lives?

No matter what young people want to focus on during Learning Disability Week, we will be sharing lots of exciting opportunities to get these messages out there.

Download our easy read document for an accessible summary of this announcement.

Working with young people

Work has already started to make sure the voices of young people with learning disabilities are at the heart of our plans for the week. Watch our short video to find out more:

Learning Disability Week: My Generation

What can I do now?

Now is the time to save the week in your diary, and to start thinking about what you might do to get involved. You can also help us to let as many people as possible know about the week by applying our handy Learning Disability Week themed designs to your social media channels and documents. Use #LDWeek2018 in your posts to raise awareness and help us to keep all news related to the week in one place!

You can also share our ‘Why does Learning Disability Week matter?’ videos to get people who might not know much about the subject on board.


You can also follow SCLD on social media to stay in the loop with the latest news:

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Mascot competition 

We need your help to design a Learning Disability Week mascot for 2019 and beyond! We will announce the winner during Learning Disability Week 2018 and work with the chosen artist to bring the mascot to life! The winning artist will receive an art chest to support them to continue to develop their talent, and will be credited on the final products. Find out more below and return your design to SCLD by Monday 9th April 2018. Now closed.

Mascot competition

Return address:

Suite 5.2, Stock Exchange Court,

77 Nelson Mandela Place,


G2 1QY

Get Involved Packs

We are distributing a limited number of free ‘Get Involved’ packs across Scotland. The packs will combine useful tips on how to make the most of Learning Disability Week with fun freebies that will help you to spread the word and make an impact. Each pack contains:

  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Stickers
  • Badges
  • Everything you need to take part in our ‘Show and Tell’ activity
  • Easy read information about how to get involved
  • Everything you need to take part in our mascot competition

To order a pack, email admin@scld.co.uk or call 0141 248 3733, sharing the following information:

  • Your name and (if relevant) organisation
  • Your address
  • Your contact details
  • Any information you might have about your plans for Learning Disability Week.

Contact Us

If you have a question about Learning Disability Week, please email us at admin@scld.co.uk or call 0141 248 3733 to talk to the team.