Publication of the Final Human Rights Lived Experience Board Report

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No one has human rights until we all have human rights, equally. Human rights are for every person, regardless of their situation. These must be reflected in strong, equal human rights policies and laws. In 2021 SCLD was funded by the Scottish Government to create a Human Rights and Learning Disability Lived Experience Board to help the Scottish Government involve …

Join our team

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Due to period of significant growth and change for the charity, we’re now looking for dynamic and passionate people with a commitment to equality and collaborative working to join our team.   We’re recruiting for: This is an exciting time to join SCLD and make a difference for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. Please look at the positions and …

SCLD Annual Review 2023–24

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We are pleased to release our 2023/24 Annual Report. We faced a number of challenges this year and we have witnessed growth and progress too. SCLD believes that the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill could provide a once-in-a-generation chance to effect real change for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, and we are committed to ensuring that people …

Charlie McMillan announces plan to move on from SCLD

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Wednesday 5 June 2024 The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) today confirmed that its Chief Executive, Charlie McMillian, has announced that he plans to move on from the organisation later this year.  Having joined SCLD five years ago and led the Commission and its staff group through a hugely successful programme of change, which places the voices …

Women with Learning Disabilities Inspiring Inclusion in Gender-Based Violence Policies and Beyond

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“Too often…feminists with disabilities have been excluded from the spaces, conversations, and movements that have shaped progress towards gender equality at the global, regional, national, and local levels.” (The Inclusive Generation Equality Collective, 2022) At the launch of the Scottish Government and COSLA’s new strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, called Equally Safe, we were delighted …

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill consultation – Information

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The Scottish Government has a plan for a new law they think will make life better for people with learning disabilities, this will be called the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill. We will call this the LDAN Bill for short. SCLD believes that the Bill could make a big difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in …

The Lived Experience Board and the Scottish Government Human Rights Bill Team meet to discuss the Human Right Bill

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A blog by Sarah D’Agrosa As part of the Lived Experience Board’s ongoing work on the Human Rights Bill process, the board met via Zoom with members of the Scottish Government Human Rights Bill team. Despite a busy diary, 6 members of the team from various departments made time to meet with members of the board. The Lived Experience Board …

Blog by Michelle Mair: SCLD publishes Power Women: Gender-Based Violence and Learning Disability Leadership Course Impact Report

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Last year People First (Scotland)’s Equally Safe Group and SCLD co-designed and delivered Power Women, a pioneering leadership course led by women with learning disabilities, for self-identifying women with learning disabilities who have experienced gender-based violence in Scotland. This powerful example of women with learning disabilities empowering their peers to make Scotland a better place for women and girls with …

John’s story

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“My name is John. I grew up in the Royal Scottish National Hospital (RSNH) when I was a wee tot. I don’t remember my life before that. I went in there when I was about two or three years old. They put me in the hospital because they said I had epilepsy and I was having fits, but I don’t …