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  • A chance to change lives

    Date: September 5, 2019- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    While all eyes have been on the drama unfolding at Westminster this week, at Holyrood, the First Minister unveiled her new Programme for Government for the year ahead – and there was some really good news for people who have a learning disability. As a charity, ENABLE Scotland exists to…

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  • 20 years of Scottish Parliament

    Date: June 6, 2019- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    Celebrating 20 years On Tuesday morning, I felt decidedly older. It wasn’t my birthday, but I joined colleagues from the third sector in the airy surroundings of the Scottish Poetry Library to celebrate twenty years of effective charity campaigning in Scotland, marking two decades since the new Scottish Parliament first…

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  • No room for complacency

    Date: May 24, 2019- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    This week has seen a focus on the care of people who have a learning disability in institutions in England. On Monday, England’s Children’s Commissioner published her findings that too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily, with the number affected more than doubling over four years and…

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  • Celebrating 65 years of ENABLE Scotland

    Date: May 2, 2019- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    More than 300 members of the ENABLE Scotland family joined the First Minister at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the charity’s 65th anniversary. At the reception hosted by Jackie Baillie MSP on 30 April, ENABLE Scotland celebrated 65 years since, in April 1954, five sets of parents of children who…

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  • Implementing real change

    Date: March 13, 2019- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    A new implementation framework for the Scottish Government’s Keys to Life Learning Disability Strategy has been published. The Keys to Life was launched in 2013, and this new document sets out a renewed focus for the next two years on delivering real change to give people who have a learning…

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  • Time to make our schools safe places for all

    Date: December 14, 2018- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    Kayleigh Thorpe – ENABLE Scotland Head of Campaigns, Policy and Activism Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner has published an important report on the use of restraint and seclusion in Scotland’s schools. Restraint means holding a child or young person to stop them from moving. Seclusion means shutting a child…

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  • Time to come home

    Date: November 22, 2018- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    Jan Savage – Director of Campaigns and Membership   An important new report, Coming Home, has been published this week by the Scottish Government which reveals how many people with learning disabilities are still being cared for away from their own community. The report’s author, Dr Anne MacDonald, has found…

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  • Breaking barriers to education and work

    Date: August 24, 2018- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    My name is Andrew Warnock, and I’d like to tell you how the Breaking Barriers programme helped me get a university qualification – and a job! I’ve always had a keen interest in digital media and love doing computer programming in my spare time, so I wanted to learn more…

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  • Targeting change in employment practice

    Date: August 21, 2018- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    Last week, ENABLE Scotland submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Sector. The public sector as a whole is the largest employer in Scotland, with 20% of all jobs – so this consultation is very welcome and, in itself,…

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  • ENABLE Scotland's young Change Champions posing for the camera outside Scottish Parliament

    Change is coming on how we protect people from hate crime

    Date: August 7, 2018- Category: ENABLE Scotland Blog

    This year, the Scottish Government is considering new laws about hate crime. We know that far too many people who have learning disabilities have been victims of bullying and of verbal and even physical assault. In fact, our research has found that nine in ten people who have a learning…

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