19 to 24 May 2014 is Scottish Learning Disability Awareness Week; there are at least 120,000 people who have learning disabilities in Scotland and that, of that number, 26,000 adults and 16,000 children and young people are known to be receiving social care and educational support from local authorities. Significant progress has been made over the last few decades to improve access to education and employment for people who have learning disabilities and for them to live in their own communities as a result of the closure of long-stay institutions. However, people with learning disabilities continue to experience significant health inequalities, have lower access to employment and education than the general population and continue to experience isolation, loneliness and bullying in their communities.
The summer of 2013 saw the publication of The Keys to Life: Improving Quality of Life for People with Learning Disabilities, the Scottish Government’s 10-year strategy to improve the quality of life for people who have learning disabilities.
During Learning Disability Week ENABLE Scotland will be highlighting different themes which impact the lives of their members. ENABLE will be working with partner organisations such as the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability and sister charity Mencap to raise awareness of these themes.
Find out more by visiting the ENABLE website.