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|04 Sep 2015|
Forth Valley Stronger Together
Over the next couple of months we will be running our new workshop on the General Election. More people with learning disabilities took part in voting in the Referendum than ever before. We want to encourage many of them to take part in the elections to the UK parliament in the elections scheduled for Thursday May 7th.
The workshop will look at what the parties stand for and help people think about the policies and the big questions raised by the Big Parties.
Is it true that only Ed Miliband can replace David Cameron as Prime Minister as Labour says.
Or are the SNP right when they say that only then can stand up for Scotland.
Or what about when the conservatives say that only David Cameron can stop Ed Miliband getting into number 10 Downing Street.
On the 29th of October over 100 people with learning disabilities from all over Scotland came together to celebrate 25 years of hard work and great campaigning by People First Scotland.
Steve Robertson, Keith Lynch and Monica Hunter all spoke about the good work that had been done but they all made the point that much more had to be done There was still much that needed to done so people good live good lives and not be picked on by other people.
David said People First had helped him be more confident and he had gone on to be the chair of another organisation.
Fiona said that she had learned a lot and become good at public speaking.
From all your friends at the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, we say Good Luck for the next 25 years.
A More Socially Just Country”
The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland is a user led group that works with people with learning disabilities from all over the country. In the run up to the referendum, we held 52 workshops involving over 700 people with learning disabilities looking at the issues that were being raised and helping people understand what the decision might mean for them.
Since the referendum we have held 5 focus groups with 64 people with learning disabilities and their carers to talk about what the referendum meant for them and what more powers. if any, they would like for Scotland.
There were 2 consistent messages that came across from all the groups.
1. The new powers that are being suggested are a chance to put the means for delivering social justice into the hands of the people of Scotland.
2. This is an opportunity to reach a good settlement that can bring together everyone in Scotland whether they voted Yes or No.
We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest newsletter dated October 2014. You can listen to it online here
You can read the articles online by clicking on the following links
Article One - This looks at the wider implications of the closure of an Edinburgh service for young adults with special needs. Issues such as Policy Rush, Cherry Picking and Give Back are looked at. Read it here.
Article Two - This is part of our long running campaign for the ending of care charges. We reveal that 23 councils in Scotland charge people in poverty, making their living situations intolerable. Read it here.
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