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Relationships matter for people with learning disabilities

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched ‘Relationships Matter,’ our first report generated from the landmark survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland, carried out in 2019. The report focuses on relationships and loneliness, and explores some issues that relate to these, like happiness, choice, and support. SCLD developed the survey with a range of …

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The impact of Coronavirus on people with learning disabilities

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Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown began in March, SCLD has been considering the impact on people with learning/intellectual disabilities and our response. To help us do this, SCLD created two surveys, one for people with learning/intellectual disabilities and one for their parents, carers and supporters. The surveys were distributed during April – May 2020 and collected 350 responses; 127 from people with learning …

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COVID-19 Guided Self-help Booklet Series

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The University of Glasgow, with assistance from colleagues at Lancaster University,  the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, have published a series of guided self-help booklets developed to support people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The booklets can be used with the support of family members, friends, volunteers and carers and are also suitable for social work and health …

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RSA Fellows with learning disabilities are celebrated at film premiere

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The Scottish Commission for people with Learning Disabilities (SCLD)  hosted a film premiere on Friday 20th September, to celebrate the inspiring achievements of seven people with learning disabilities who are lifetime Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). The seven individuals were granted the first RSA fellowships to people with learning disabilities in 2016. The premiere …

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A home of my own… Marie’s story

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Choosing where, how and with who you live is a basic right that is often hard won by people with a learning disability in Scotland. In the run up to Scottish Housing Day on Wednesday 18th September 2019, SCLD is publishing a series of blogs to raise awareness of the challenges people with learning disabilities face when it comes to …

SCLD is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer

SCLD is recruiting for a new Chief Executive

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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) is seeking a new CEO to build on the progress we have made in recent years to contribute to better lives for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. S/he will lead a small dedicated professional team and maintain close links with Government and partners across the sector and beyond. SCLD is a strategic …

A wee blether with… Leeanne Clark FRSA

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The theme for Learning Disability Week 2019 is ‘Community – Active, Connected and Included’.  We asked Leeanne Clark, FRSA about what community means to her. Leeanne is one of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability’s RSA Fellows. SCLD – Leeanne, what does Community mean to you? Leeanne – That’s quite a hard question to think about. But when I think about …

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The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland

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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment TASK Group report to Scottish Government Ministers. The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability. In 2016 SCLD commissioned a report, Mapping the …