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SCLD Statement on Coronavirus

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In the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic we are taking precautionary steps informed by current public health information. We will be postponing any events that we have planned to take place in the next two weeks and will consider rearranging them in due course. We are currently in the process of contacting our event attendees. We will also contact …

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Information on Coronavirus

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We have been working with Scottish Government to produce some guidance for people with learning disabilities on the Coronavirus outbreak and how people can protect themselves. Scottish Government Guidance Please see below some Easy Read information on Coronavirus for people with learning disabilities: Section 1 – Overview Easy Read Section 2 – Common Questions Easy Read Section 3 – Stay …

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Leave no woman behind – women with a learning disability and #IWD2020

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On International Women’s Day 2020 we asked Eilidh Dickson, Policy and Parliamentary Officer at Engender for her thoughts on what still needs to be done to uphold the rights of women with learning disabilities in Scotland… The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day 2020. This day is an important marker for us to reflect on progress, yet far too …

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A wee blether with… Margaret Smith, Principal Officer for Employment & Training at Falkirk Council 

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SCLD went to meet with Margaret Smith who manages a small, but dedicated team at Falkirk Council working to help people who need additional support to find employment.  Nice to meet you Margaret. What is it that you like best about your day-to-day job?   Hi there, nice to meet you too! I manage a small team of people who predominantly support people with learning …

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Evidence & Policy Internship

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*Please note that applications for this post have now closed. Join our team at the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD).  The Evidence & Policy Internship is a great opportunity for a disabled person who is committed to enabling people with learning disabilities to live their best lives and is interested in gaining experience in evidence and policy. The opportunity …

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Standing up for the human rights of children and young people with learning disabilities

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Tuesday 10th December marks Human Rights Day, the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights which has influenced international Human Rights treaties ever since. The theme of Human Rights Day 2019 is ‘Youth Standing Up for Rights’. Globally we have seen outstanding examples of children and young people standing up for their rights and making their …

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Putting the voice of disabled people at the centre of our democracy

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Representatives from the main political parties were grilled by disabled people and families at a ‘hustings’ style Q&A event organised by 10 leading disability charities, including the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD). More than 100 disabled people and their families, carers and professionals attended the national hustings event which took place on Thursday 5th December at Augustine United Church, …

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Self-Directed Support, Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities

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The ‘Self-Directed Support, Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities’ event took place as part of The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s Self-Directed Support Masterclass Series, which aims to break down barriers to accessing Self-Directed Support (SDS) and look at the ways it can help people who have a disability or who are living with a long-term health condition, …