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October 09
More action needed to tackle public attitudes

Last week, ENABLE Scotland responded strongly to the Scottish Government’s consultation report on “The Same As You?” calling for more to be done to challenge public opinions to learning disability.

The call coincides with increasing evidence of the level of bullying and harassment experienced by people who have learning disabilities across the country.  Nine out of ten experience bullying and abusive behaviour within their communities and 96% of children who have learning disabilities say that they have been bullied.  In February of this year, disability charities including Mencap and Scope reported that cuts to benefits were “fuelling disability abuse”.

ENABLE Scotland has expressed disappointment that there has never been funding for a national public education programme in relation to learning disability.  We think that letting people know about the challenges faced by people who have learning disabilities across Scotland is the best way to change public attitudes.  In recent years, public campaigns have been successful in raising the profile of issues such as mental health and race, religion, faith and belief.

People who have learning disabilities are among the most marginalised in Scottish society.  In the year 2000, the Same As You? made a number of recommendations to improve services and support for them and their parents and carers.  Some improvements have been made – such as better nursing and a greater level of choice and control over support – but ENABLE Scotland believes much more work is still required to tackle the level of discrimination suffered on a day to day basis by people who have learning disabilities.

Click here to check out our response to the Same As You? consultation report 2000-12.

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