ACE Groups

ACE stands for Active Community of Empowered People. ACE is a made up of individuals who have a learning disability living all over Scotland. It’s the voice of our membership.


  • Connects people who have learning disabilities in their community around a shared cause.
  • Campaigns locally and nationally to challenge barriers to an equal society for every person who has a learning disability.
  • Empowers people who have learning disabilities to engage in local and national activism to challenge society’s perception on learning disability.

We co-ordinate 28 local ACE Groups across Scotland, and a National ACE Group which meets four times each year with representatives from each regional group.

In addition, we run nine ACE Youth Groups representing young people aged 10-18 who have learning disabilities.

All ACE Groups – local, national and youth – are supported by coordinators who work to ensure that the groups are inclusive and accessible to everyone who has a learning disability.

ACE Groups tell ENABLE Scotland what matters to people who have learning disabilities. Their opinions, ideas and experiences help to shape our campaigns. They show us what action is needed, and we work together to bring about lasting change. Our ACE Groups have also given guidance to the Scottish Government and local authorities, Police Scotland and the NHS.

ACE Groups meet either fortnightly or monthly. The groups are a great way for people who have learning disabilities to have their voices heard, meet new people and feel included.

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