Some of the RSA Fellows and guests at the film premiere event

RSA Fellows with learning disabilities are celebrated at film premiere

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The Scottish Commission for people with Learning Disabilities (SCLD)  hosted a film premiere on Friday 20th September, to celebrate the inspiring achievements of seven people with learning disabilities who are lifetime Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). The seven individuals were granted the first RSA fellowships to people with learning disabilities in 2016. The premiere …

Learning Disability Week 2020

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020

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It’s that time of year again (almost)! Time to start making plans for Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020.  Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020 will take place from Monday 18th – Sunday 24th May.  The team at the Scottish Commission for people with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) are busily working away making preparations at present. The theme for Learning Disability Week 2020 …

terrace houses one with an orange door and one with a pink door

A home of my own… Marie’s story

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Choosing where, how and with who you live is a basic right that is often hard won by people with a learning disability in Scotland. In the run up to Scottish Housing Day on Wednesday 18th September 2019, SCLD is publishing a series of blogs to raise awareness of the challenges people with learning disabilities face when it comes to …

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Housing as a human right for people with learning disabilities

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A generation of people with learning disabilities have grown up since Scotland’s largest long-stay hospital finally closed its doors in 2002. Lennox Castle Hospital, on the outskirts of Glasgow, housed almost 1700 people with learning disabilities at its peak in the 1970s.  It was one of many such institutions across Scotland.  This policy of institutionalisation marginalised people with learning disabilities, …

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Getting the UNCRC Right for Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

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Over this summer, The Scottish Government has consulted on the Incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scottish domestic law.  The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) believes this is a long-awaited and critical development, which aims to make sure that all children’s UNCRC rights are met in Scotland to the highest possible …

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Does easy read really make for easier reading?

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SCLD’s Implementation & Involvement Officer, Catriona Rowley explores the often complicated world of easy read… Since reading the “Easy read and inclusivity: two perspectives” article from the Scottish Learning Disability Observatory (SLDO) last week, I’ve been thinking about my experiences of Easy Read. Both Rhiann and Lois made comments in the piece that had me nodding along in agreement. Feedback from …

Award winner Lewis McDermid talks in front of an indoor athletics track

A wee blether with… Lewis McDermid, winner of the Learning Disability Sport Achievement Award 2019

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SCLD caught up with Lewis and mum, Tracey, in Stirling, to see what he has been up to since the Learning Disability Awards… SCLD – Congratulations again on winning the Sport Achievement Award. How did you feel when you knew you were nominated for a Learning Disability Award? Lewis – Thanks… honestly, I was just very surprised! SCLD– What was …

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Local Strategy Guidance Launched

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Today saw the launch of Developing a Learning Disability Strategy: Guidance, suggestions and questions for developing a local learning disability strategy – a useful resource for Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), local authorities and health boards when planning their local strategies. Containing good practice examples and reflective questions, this is an invaluable resource for anyone playing a part in …