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August 16
New stats reveal hidden truths about the lives of Scots who have learning disabilities
New statistics released by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability give a detailed insight into various aspects of the lives of people who have learning disabilities across Scotland.
 
The annual eSAY statistics release reveals:
 
• There are 26,036 adults who have learning disabilities known to local authorities across Scotland

• Just 3.9% of people who have learning disabilities are known to be in open employment

• 542 adults who have learning disabilities aged 50-64 who live with a parent carer

• 1,892 adults were identified as having advocates

• 2,337 adults were identified as using Local Area Co-ordination services
 
Commenting on the statistics, Peter Scott, Chief Executive of ENABLE Scotland said “These statistics which offer a valuable insight into the lives of adults who have learning disabilities across Scotland. 
 
We are particularly concerned by the number of people who have learning disabilities aged between 50 and 64 who live with a parent carer.  Many lifelong carers tell us they want ‘peace of mind’, in particular, knowing what will happen to their son and daughter when they are no longer able to care.  We hope to see further progress made in helping to support these families to plan for the future.
 
We also remain very concerned about the low numbers of people who have a learning disability who are in open employment.  According to the statistics, just 3.9% of people who have learning disabilities in Scotland are known to be in open employment.  Many people who have a learning disability want to work but there are many barriers preventing them from doing so.
 
Work is not just about earning your own money, it also offers many opportunities to improve your skills and make friendships that are important to everyone.  ENABLE Scotland believes that it is time for politicians, professionals and employers to work harder to increase the number of people who have learning disabilities in employment.”
 
 

 

  
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