Lorne's blog

Housing as a human right for people with learning disabilities

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A generation of people with learning disabilities have grown up since Scotland’s largest long-stay hospital finally closed its doors in 2002. Lennox Castle Hospital, on the outskirts of Glasgow, housed almost 1700 people with learning disabilities at its peak in the 1970s.  It was one of many such institutions across Scotland.  This policy of institutionalisation marginalised people with learning disabilities, …

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Getting the UNCRC Right for Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

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Over this summer, The Scottish Government has consulted on the Incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scottish domestic law.  The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) believes this is a long-awaited and critical development, which aims to make sure that all children’s UNCRC rights are met in Scotland to the highest possible …

Catriona's blog

Does easy read really make for easier reading?

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SCLD’s Implementation & Involvement Officer, Catriona Rowley explores the often complicated world of easy read… Since reading the “Easy read and inclusivity: two perspectives” article from the Scottish Learning Disability Observatory (SLDO) last week, I’ve been thinking about my experiences of Easy Read. Both Rhiann and Lois made comments in the piece that had me nodding along in agreement. Feedback from …

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A wee blether with… Lewis McDermid, winner of the Learning Disability Sport Achievement Award 2019

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SCLD caught up with Lewis and mum, Tracey, in Stirling, to see what he has been up to since the Learning Disability Awards… SCLD – Congratulations again on winning the Sport Achievement Award. How did you feel when you knew you were nominated for a Learning Disability Award? Lewis – Thanks… honestly, I was just very surprised! SCLD– What was …

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Local Strategy Guidance Launched

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Today saw the launch of Developing a Learning Disability Strategy: Guidance, suggestions and questions for developing a local learning disability strategy – a useful resource for Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), local authorities and health boards when planning their local strategies. Containing good practice examples and reflective questions, this is an invaluable resource for anyone playing a part in …

A statement from SCLD

Inclusion is key to preventing further abuse

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Download an easyread version of this statement here. Like so many across the learning disability community and beyond, SCLD was appalled by the horrendous footage recently featured on Panorama’s exposé of the specialist hospital, Whorlton Hall. People with learning disabilities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, so it was shocking to see behaviour that fell so drastically short …

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Learning disability charities ask ‘How’s Life?’

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Major new survey will find out about the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland A new survey developed by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) to find out about the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland has been launched. The survey seeks to find out how people with learning disabilities in Scotland feel about their …

Colourful illustrated people stand on a hill with their hands in the air. Text underneath reads: The keys to life

The keys to life Implementation Framework 2019 – 2021

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Today sees the launch of The Scottish Government’s new Implementation Framework for The keys to life, Scotland’s learning disability strategy. The Implementation Framework 2019 – 2021 adopts a ‘whole system, whole population and whole person’ approach to improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability is looking forward to working with the Scottish Government, COSLA …

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 …