Bullying and the use of abusive language towards people who have a learning disability is unacceptable.

Did you know that:

  • Two-thirds of young people who have learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders have been bullied.
  • Nearly one-third of 1550 secondary pupils in Scotland said that they find it difficult to make friends with young people at their school who have a learning disability.

This has to change.

We want everyone to make a commitment to break down barriers to an equal society for every person who has a learning disability. Our members think that the best way to do this is for people to get to know each other better – to see the person, not just a learning disability.

#BetheChange is supporting people who have a learning disability, our ‘Change Champions’, to deliver workshops across Scotland throughout 2018. #BetheChange gives people who have a learning disability a platform to share their personal stories and raise awareness of unacceptable behaviour and practices.

Meet some of our Change Champions and find it why they want you to #BetheChange.

In addition, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow, we will roll out a series of lesson plans for S1 and S2 pupils to educate school children about the experiences of people who have a learning disability.

You can #BetheChange and make a difference by signing our pledge today:

Take action – sign the pledge to #BetheChange!


There are so many other ways to get involved. You can:

Be supportive – Share our campaign and ask others to #BetheChange on Twitter.

Be respectful – Write to your local authority, calling on them to promote respect in schools by using our Lessons on Learning Disability.

Be understandingRead real stories of our members who have experienced bullying and then write to your MSP asking them to support the campaign.

Be open and be a friend – Commit to coming along to an ACE Group open night in Learning Disability Week 2018.

Together we can #BetheChange.

#BetheChange is funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  Esmee Fairbairn logo

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