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Bridging the digital gap: What the pandemic taught us

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Today (Thursday 19th May) is Global Accessibility Awareness Day – the purpose of this day is get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. The adoption of digital technologies has been so rapid, that much of our daily lives now take place online, with everything from banking to shopping, to dating and making friends now done in …

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What does inclusive Early Years care look like? A parent’s view

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Following on from the publication of our Early Years report during Scottish Learning Disability Week, SCLD asked Jacqueline, a parent of a young child with a learning disability, to share her own experience of accessing Early Years education and childcare…  “When you have your first child who meets and exceeds all their milestones, it comes as a huge shock when …

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Communities of change

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SCLD has recently published the final two reports exploring the results of the “How’s Life?” Survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland: My Home, My Community and My Time, My Choice? In his guest blog marking the launch of the reports, Dominic Jarrett (North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership) explores the importance of the stories we hear and the …

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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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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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Let’s get Active, Connected and Included!

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has produced a set of documents to help people with learning disabilities to become more included in their local communities. The Active, Connected, Included project has been developed in collaboration with a number of local organisations, including community groups, local authorities and Third Sector Interface (TSI) organisations. SCLD met with people …

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Could you be a future leader?

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Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) have teamed up to create a leadership course for people with learning disabilities. The third ‘Our Future Leaders’ is open to 10 people with learning disabilities and will run from  Tuesday 19th October 2021 – Tuesday 5th April 2022. It is designed to help participants develop the skills and tools …