Will you #BeTheChange for people who have learning disabilities in 2016?


10 key changes ENABLE Scotland members want to see in 2016-2021 - will you work with us and
#BeTheChange in 2016?

Social Security 

    1. Ensuring people who have learning disabilities and their families have access to specialist welfare advice and are routinely offered the opportunity to acess this by professional points of contact; for example named person professionals. 


    2. Delivering social security workforce properly trained and supported to ensure high accuracy of decision making and customer service. All staff should be equipped with the skills and competencies to be able to support disabled people to give an accurate representation of themselves and their life; and to recognise where someone needs extra support negotiating the social security system; making appropriate referrals to advocacy or social security advice services rather than issuing a negative decision at first instance.


    3. Removing the suspension of the payability of disability benefits when a claimant has been in hospital for 28 days. A change that could have positive impacts on other areas of policy including health, for example issues around delayed discharge - almost a third of current learning disability inpatients across Scotland are experiencing long waits for discharge. 10



    4. Renewing focus on employability and breaking down the significant barriers that exist for people with a learning disability entering work. Creating programmes that work in the interests of individuals and promote a culture of achievement rather than punitive sanctions.


    5. Increasing availability of specialist employability support provision across Scotland; investing in much earlier intervention to improve aspirations; and ensuring that funding follows an individual and focuses on their personal outcomes.



    6. Ensuring Children and Young People with additional support for learning needs get the right support at the right time to participate in all parts of school life with consideration given to implementing and funding personalised school support packages for every young person with additional support for learning needs.


    7. Investing in increasing and upskilling the number of vital additional support needs staff in Scotland’s schools.


    8. Replacing Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act Guidance on Presumption of Mainstream Education with broader guidance on delivering an inclusive education including, as a minimum the requirement on education authorities to:

    • Employ education staff equipped with the training and skills to meet the needs of children who have learning disabilities.

    • Work alongside parents and other professional input (social work and NHS) to plan for inclusion in school trips and out of school activities; 


    • Create more opportunities for specialist input in school as often as is required to support children who have a learning disability to achieve their full potential.


    • Engage all young people in learning about learning disabilities, remedying some of the barriers to forming friendships and inclusion, namely lack of understanding.11 



9. Delivering the provision of holistic family support, information and advice; access to which is routinely facilitated by professional points of contact including the Named Person Service.


    10. Implementing specific Guidance to support the implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 for disabled children and young people – and monitoring the impact for this group. 

Visit our ENABLEtheVote pages to find out more about our campaign to support people in Scotland who have learning disabilities to have their vote.

10.   Mental Welfare Commission in Scotland, Monitoring Visit Report, No Through Road: People with Learning Disabilities in Hospital (February 2016)
11.   ENABLE Scotland developed school resources (http://www.enablethechange.org/) with Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities informed by research that indicated that young people become more accepting of difference when their knowledge and understanding about peers with disabilities is increased. (Holtz, K.D. (2007) Evaluation of a Peer-Focused Intervention to Increase Knowledge and Foster Positive Attitudes toward Children with Tourette Syndrome KDHRC Working Paper 07-002; Krahé & Altwasse,2006 Changing negative attitudes towards persons with physical disabilities: An experimental intervention. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 16: 59–69.)