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Join the SCLD team!

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Gender Based Violence is a key issue for many women with learning disabilities in Scotland. At the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities (SCLD) we are committed to tackling GBV against women with learning disabilities. As part of this commitment we are recruiting a Gender Based Violence Project Adviser to support our programme of work aimed at tackling GBV against women …

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SCLD responds to the National Care Service Consultation

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the development of a National Care Service in Scotland. To develop the response SCLD held three meetings with the Expert Group, a group of people with learning disabilities who work with SCLD to help inform consultations and policy issues. SCLD also met with …

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‘The Real Me’ a story of challenges and hope

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Last week saw the Edinburgh launch of Leeanne Clark’s debut novella, My Journey Through Life: THE REAL ME! The book is a moving autobiography which details Leeanne’s experience as a person born with mild cerebral palsy to parents unable to provide the support she needed. The book launch was attended by over 40 guests and featured a reading by Leeanne and a …

Introducing ‘Include for Good’

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‘Include For Good’ is the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities’ (SCLD) programme for change.   Include For Good is about ensuring that people with learning disabilities are included in every aspect of Scottish life and challenge the status quo. The programme will consist of 8 people with learning disabilities who will work with the SCLD board, leaders and …

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Accessibility matters – for everyone 

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To mark accessible software company, Recite Me’s first ever awareness week: “What Accessibility Means to Me?”, our Digital Communications Adviser, Libby, writes about what digital accessibility means to the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD).  This week (18th – 22nd October) is Recite Me’s first ever awareness week. The aim of the week has been to highlight the importance …

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The targeting of women with learning disabilities

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In our final blog to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, Dr Phillippa Wiseman writes about the unique challenges that women and girls with learning disabilities face from hate crime and the need to recognise these intersecting identities under hate crime law. People with learning disabilities experience all forms of violence, over and above other non-disabled people. In research that we …

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Data matters: The impact of hate crime on people with learning disabilities in Scotland

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Following SCLD highlighting the need for disaggregation of disability hate crime data in Scotland, we are now beginning to gain a greater understanding of the prejudice facing people with learning disabilities in their communities. In this blog, SCLD’s Human Rights Adviser, Oonagh Brown, discusses why this development in data disaggregation is important and what we need to do next to …

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What can we do about disability hate crime?

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On Hate Crime Awareness Week (9th – 16th October 2021) we hear from Nick Watson, Professor of Disability Research from the University of Glasgow, about what we can do about disability hate crime and its disproportionate affect on people with learning disabilities.  People with a learning disability don’t need to be told about hate crime – it is others who …

What do Human Rights mean to you?

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People with learning disabilities alongside The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and The Publishing Bureau launched ‘Human Rights Town’, an app to empower people with learning disabilities to recognise and realise their rights. In this blog, App Development Group Member, Leeanne Clark, shares what human rights mean to people with learning disabilities in Scotland.  The Scottish Commission …

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They’re our human rights too!

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On the 30th of August people with learning disabilities alongside The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and The Publishing Bureau launched ‘Human Rights Town’, an app to empower people with learning disabilities to recognise and realise their rights. In this blog, App Development Group Member, Lindsay Kinloch, shares why human rights and this app important to the …