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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 …

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SCLD Supports Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) is proud to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by joining together with Recite Me to raise awareness of the importance of creating a digital world which is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they have a disability. So much of our lives now takes place online and this has …

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Learning Disability and Gender Based Violence: the normalisation of harm, abuse and violence

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“Look, I know that everybody gets abused, there are folk worse off than me”  This quote from a woman with learning disabilities who had experienced violence and abuse throughout her life brings into stark relief a central challenge around providing support to this group; the impact of the normalisation of violence and abuse on perceptions of relationships and the expectations of the women …

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 …

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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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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 …