#ENABLE65 Parliamentary Reception
At our special reception hosted by Jackie Baillie MSP, ENABLE Scotland celebrated 65 years since, in April 1954, five sets of parents of children who had a learning disability held a meeting in Glasgow and formed the charity to help them fight for their children’s rights to live as equal members of society.
That charity would become ENABLE Scotland, and from humble beginnings set about changing Scotland for people who have a learning disability. It is safe to say we have come a long way since 1954.
It was an honour to host Jackie Baillie MSP, Inclusion Europe Director Milan Sverepa, and our very special guest speaker – the First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP. Together, we celebrated that for 65 years, ENABLE Scotland has been breaking barriers – winning the right of children who have a learning disability to be educated, securing the closure of institutions and the right to self-directed support in the community of your choice, and campaigning against bullying and discrimination.
We continue that work today, and through our strong partnerships, ongoing innovation and the continued backing of our members and supporters, I am confident we will be here for as long as people with learning disabilities need us to campaign for them and give them a voice. We will be here until every person with a learning disability lives the life they choose.
Thank you to all who made the event and our celebrations so special.