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Learning Disability Awareness Week Debate, 21/05/14 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 21 May 2014 on Scottish learning disability awareness week 2014. The debate was opened by Jackie Baillie (Lab).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament notes that 19 to 24 May 2014 is Scottish Learning Disability Awareness Week; understands that 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; reflects on what it considers the significant progress 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; is concerned that 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; acknowledges the role of family carers in supporting their loved one to live an independent life and their need in turn for access to peer support and respite opportunities; welcomes the publication in the summer of 2013 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; recognises the work of the many organisations across Scotland that are providing innovative support and advocacy to people with learning disabilities and their family carers to overcome these challenges and co-produce support and services that empower people with learning disabilities to live the life that they want to live; congratulates in particular ENABLE Scotland on reaching its 60th anniversary in 2014, and notes calls for the voluntary and statutory sectors to continue to work in partnership with people who have learning disabilities to develop communities, attitudes and support that will enable people with learning disabilities throughout Scotland to access their human rights.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 May 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 May 2014