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“How’s Life?” Survey reveals more insights

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In 2019 SCLD ran a nationwide survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The survey was called “How’s Life?” and was created and run in partnership with ARC Scotland, PAMIS, Key, ENABLE Scotland, People First (Scotland) and Down’s Syndrome Scotland. In 2020 we published the first of the reports on the findings of the survey: Relationships Matter explored the …

The situation of people with learning disabilities in Ukraine

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Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces on 24th February, the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD), like so many, has been shocked and saddened by the impact upon civilian life. SCLD is particularly concerned about the impact of the conflict on people with learning disabilities who are living in institutional settings in Ukraine. We welcome the …

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Covid-19 guided self help booklets win award!

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The COVID-19 guided self-help booklets have won in the ‘COVID Response’ category at the University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences (MVLS) Public Engagement Awards 2021. The booklets were developed in partnership with the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and a team of academics, led by Professor Andrew Jahoda from the University of Glasgow, …

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Job opportunity with SCLD

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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has a job opportunity for a ‘Human Rights Engagement Adviser’. Are you passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland? Then we want to hear from you! We are recruiting a Human Rights Engagement Adviser who will ensure that the lived experience of people with learning …

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Fighting for my rights!

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My right to take part in sport – making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities real in my life!  On the 26th February 2022, I’m about to take another step in my sporting journey and step inside the ring at the ‘Road to Glory’ Fight Night at Alloa Town Hall. The fight night is run …

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Scottish Learning Disability Week 2022

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We are excited to announce that Scotland’s Learning Disability Week 2022 will take place from Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th May. This year’s theme is ‘We all have human rights!’ So, join the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) this Scottish Learning Disability Week, to help people with learning disabilities to recognise and realise their human rights! Find …

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COVID-19 guided self-help booklets have been updated

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The COVID-19 guided self-help booklets (originally released in 2020) have been updated to reflect the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in Scotland. It is now almost two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 and its accompanying restrictions have had a significant impact on the emotional wellbeing of many people with learning disabilities. We have now updated the guided …

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People with learning disabilities left behind in wake of pandemic

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The UKRI ‘Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities’ study was a year long project involving researchers and organisations across the UK to find out and report on how coronavirus affected, and is still affecting the lives of people with a learning disability, as well as their parents and carers. This study was necessary because no other data collections across the …

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Information on Coronavirus

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All adults in Scotland have been offered their COVID-19 booster vaccination.  This includes all adults and children aged over 5 with a learning disability in Scotland. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the NHS Inform website. You can watch a video about how to book your vaccine booster appointment on the NHS Inform website. Scottish Government advice All …

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Job opportunity with SCLD

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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) is hiring for an ‘Include For Good Programme Lead’. The post will lead our team of rapporteurs who will be implementing revolutionary change for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. ‘Include For Good’ is SCLD’s programme for change. Include For Good is about ensuring that people with learning disabilities are included in every …