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04 Sep 2015
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We are pleased to announce that our August Newsletter has just been published.  You can download a copy of the newsletter in pdf version here or an audio version to listen to here.  

Our first article is about Disability Hate Crime.  This month sees Police Scotland launch it first ever Tackling Hate Crime awareness month with each week featuring different types of hate crime.  The first week is on Disability Hate Crime.  Earlier this year, new figures showed that reported Disability Hate Crime has gone up by 270%.  Read more here.  

Our second article is about Poverty and Disabled People.  The current way of calculating poverty focuses on income.  We think it does not take enough account of disability related expenditure and this means that poverty among disabled people may be twice as much as the official figures suggest.  Because this is a difficult subject there is a link to more detailed information at the bottom of the online article.  

Our third article is about the treatment of Stephen Armstrong.   Stephen died in hospital in circumstances that might not have occurred if hospital staff had had a better understanding of learning disability. This is a controversial subject that is may yet be subject to a Fatal Accident Inquiry.  There are links to additional reports and newspaper reports at the bottom of the online article.  

Finally there is a short note in the printed newsletter that we will be launching a national survey in the autumn of this year to find out the experience of people with learning disabilities and their families about the treatment they have had from the NHS.  We want to find out what lies behind the numbers.   You will be able to answer a short questionnaire, tell us your story, come to meetings to talk to other people about these and share ways of making things better.   

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