Seeking a fairer Scotland

Seeking a fairer Scotland

Information
THE recent LDAS 2018 conference welcomed delegates from across the country to examine whether Scotland is becoming a fairer place for people with learning disabilities to live. The Scottish Government’s 5-year Fairer Scotland plan to change the lives of people with learning disabilities and ensure their human rights are realised formed the basis of the conference ‘A Fairer Scotland – How do we get there?’ The delivery plan for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is now in its second year and has set out five long-term ambitions aimed at ‘transforming’ the lives of disabled people in Scotland for the better. Among the LDAS conference delegates less than half, 45%, said they knew about the Fairer Scotland plan compared with 35% who said they did not.…
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The loneliness of learning disability

The loneliness of learning disability

Information, Loneliness and Isolation
For 3 years in a row LDAS has undertaken a survey on a subject that is voted on by our members from a number of choices also put forward by them. So there is no doubt that the focus of our surveys are matters of real importance to the learning disability community. But it so happens that our latest survey is also of interest to many other groups as well. We speak, of course, of loneliness and isolation. Now the subject of a major consultation by the Scottish Government, the first of its kind to take place, loneliness and isolation is becoming a hot topic, and not only here in Scotland. From the number of information gathering exercises that have taken place in recent years it has become apparent that…
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Accessible Voting: Have Your Say at the LDAS Big Meeting

Accessible Voting: Have Your Say at the LDAS Big Meeting

Accessible Politics, Electoral Reform, Information, Voting
THE closing date for the Scottish Government’s consultation on electoral reform has now been extended to 29 March 2018 and will be part of the discussions at the next LDAS Big Meeting. The issue of voting ballots – paper and electronic – being made more accessible for people with learning disabilities has been a focus of the work of LDAS recently and we highlighted in our recent blog that it had not been specifically set out for comment in the consultation. Ahead of the original closing date of the consultation, staff behind it discussed the issue with LDAS and assured us they definitely do want to hear about all ways to make voting more accessible for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, after all the point of the consultation is…
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Accessible ballots is a key to electoral reform for LD voters

Accessible ballots is a key to electoral reform for LD voters

Accessible Politics, Electoral Reform, Voting
There’s just a few weeks to go before the Scottish Government closes its consultation on Electoral Reform of local and Scottish Parliament elections. The entire consultation is an interesting exercise for those who are into voting and elections and inherent in it is the potential to modernise these processes in Scotland, especially with the introduction of technology to the voting booth. From the LDAS point of view there are two things to note about the consultation. The first is that in addition to questions about the voting process and increasing voter participation, it is also concerned with encouraging citizens to stand for election, especially those from underrepresented groups. Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business explained the Scottish Government “want to hear about new ways to break down the barriers to…
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