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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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A New Human Rights Bill for Scotland: Giving People with Learning Disabilities a Voice

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SCLD is delighted to introduce you to a new member of our team… Who am I? Hello, my name is Sarah D’Agrosa, and I am thrilled to have joined The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) as the Human Rights Engagement Adviser. I have worked in learning disabilities support and care for over a decade, focusing on independent …

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A year that tested our resilience but brought us hope – A blog

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A reflection on 2021 As storms set in and winter takes hold in Scotland, it can feel like the end of another unforgiving year. Yet Christmas and its counterparts: Diwali, Ramadan, Passover and the many other religious and secular festivals that mark important points in our calendars share a commonality; the sentiment of hope.   These occasions give us a …

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SCLD responds to the National Care Service Consultation

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the development of a National Care Service in Scotland. To develop the response SCLD held three meetings with the Expert Group, a group of people with learning disabilities who work with SCLD to help inform consultations and policy issues. SCLD also met with …

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‘The Real Me’ a story of challenges and hope

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Last week saw the Edinburgh launch of Leeanne Clark’s debut novella, My Journey Through Life: THE REAL ME! The book is a moving autobiography which details Leeanne’s experience as a person born with mild cerebral palsy to parents unable to provide the support she needed. The book launch was attended by over 40 guests and featured a reading by Leeanne and a …

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Accessibility matters – for everyone 

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To mark accessible software company, Recite Me’s first ever awareness week: “What Accessibility Means to Me?”, our Digital Communications Adviser, Libby, writes about what digital accessibility means to the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD).  This week (18th – 22nd October) is Recite Me’s first ever awareness week. The aim of the week has been to highlight the importance …

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Welcome to Human Rights Town!

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The  Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched a new app, ‘Human Rights Town’, designed to help people with learning disabilities to understand their human rights.    The development of the app has been led by a group of people with learning disabilities who have been working with SCLD and digital design company, Publishing Bureau, to create the finished product.    The app invites users to travel around a virtual ‘Human …

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A world with better wellbeing

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As we begin to emerge from the pandemic and move towards fewer restrictions in our daily lives, SCLD’s Participation & Partnership Lead, Andy Miller, reflects on the data gathered from SCLD’s 2019 “How’s Life?” survey and what this means in a post pandemic world… The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has just published its second report from …

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“Mostly a 10, but sometimes zero” – the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) is delighted to launch the second in our series of reports exploring the results of the 2019 “How’s Life?” national survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland, “Mostly a 10, but sometimes a zero”: Exploring the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities in Scotland. In 2019, SCLD developed a survey …