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A Position Statement on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland

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Scotland is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions which we have adapted to living within for the past 18 months are beginning to be eased. For many people with learning disabilities in Scotland, the pandemic has been a very unsettling time; many people with learning disabilities have been shielding and many have experienced cuts to their support packages …

COVID-19 vaccination rollout: Mitigating Inequalities

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In December 2020 SCLD issued a statement in regard to human rights concerns over the prioritisation of people with learning/intellectual disabilities in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. In view of the recent publication of research, and from our own dialogue with people with learning/intellectual disabilities and the organisations who support them, we have issued an updated statement on the necessity of …

Impact of COVID-19 on people with a learning disability in Scotland

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The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory have published statistics on the mortality rate for people with learning/intellectual disabilities in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statistics show that people within the learning/intellectual disabilities population were more than three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in the general population. SCLD has issued a statement in response to the publication …

Scotland goes into New Year lockdown

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As of Tuesday 5th January 2021, the Scottish Government has announced a nationwide lockdown. People are advised to stay at home as much as possible and to only leave home for essential reasons. You can find out more about the new restrictions here. To help people with learning/intellectual disabilities to understand how the lockdown restrictions will affect them, the Scottish …

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The human rights case for priority COVID-19 vaccinations for people with learning/intellectual disabilities

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It has become clear from UK-wide data that people with a learning/intellectual disability are disproportionately at risk from, and affected by, the COVID-19 virus. We are now hearing positive news about the development and approval of vaccines for Covid-19. The following Position Statement from the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) outlines the human rights case on why …

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UK-wide research project seeks people with learning disabilities

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A team of university researchers from across the UK are looking for people with learning disabilities to take part in a new study about their experiences during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The team is led by Professor Chris Hatton (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Professor Richard Hastings (University of Warwick). Professor Andrew Jahoda (University of Glasgow) is leading the Scottish part …

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Unlocking the door to children’s human rights

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2020 has been a tumultuous year for all of us. The Coronavirus Pandemic has presented considerable new challenges that SCLD and PAMIS believe have disproportionately impacted all disabled people, including people with learning/intellectual disabilities. Despite this, there have been some opportunities for hope including Scotland’s ongoing commitment to becoming a children’s rights respecting nation. We continue to see considerable steps …

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Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland

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Scotland is currently in Phase 3 of the routemap out of lockdown. ‘Phase 3’ sets in motion an easing of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions that Scotland has been subject to since March; however the Coronavirus infection rate is now rising again in Scotland. The Scottish Government’s message is ‘Stay safe, protect others, save lives’. Scotland moved to Phase 3 of …

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A Pandemic of Loneliness…

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Our Evidence & Research Officer, Ruth Callander, writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown what is really important to people with learning/intellectual disabilities into ever sharper focus… Coronavirus swept into our lives like a tidal wave, turning them upside down, and confining us to our homes. At SCLD, we very quickly adapted our ways of working; video calls and …