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  • Time to come home

    November 22, 2018 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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  • Leading disability charities become Carer Positive employers

    November 2, 2018 Press releases

    Two of Scotland’s leading disability charities have been recognised for the supportive environment they create for carers in the workplace. ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland have been awarded Carer Positive status. The Carer Positive scheme is operated by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and is awarded to…

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  • Breaking barriers to education and work

    August 24, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Andrew Warnock, 2018 Breaking Barriers Graduate

    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

    August 21, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Jamie Rutherford - Director of Employment

    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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  • Minister hails success of programme that breaks barriers

    August 14, 2018 Press releases

    More students who have learning disabilities are being given the chance to apply to attend one of Scotland’s most prestigious universities through a project delivered by the University of Strathclyde and ENABLE Scotland, as the Scottish Government hailed the success of this year’s programme. Since January this year, eight learners…

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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

    August 7, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Frank McKillop, ENABLE Scotland Policy and Research Officer

    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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  • Our right to equal healthcare

    July 5, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog John Feehan

    My name is John Feehan. Back in 2007, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I want to share the bad things and good things about my experience at that time so that this can help other people who have learning disabilities and are diagnosed with cancer. When I began to…

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  • A groups of ACE members who have learning disabilities holding a big cross promoting election voting

    We #TalkDemocracy

    July 3, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Kayleigh Thorpe, Head of Campaigns, Policy and Activism

    This week is National Democracy Week. The UK-wide #TalkDemocracy campaign coincides with the 90th anniversary of women securing equal voting rights, and aims to inspire democratic participation across our communities. Every voice matters …is the key message in #TalkDemocracy.   And at ENABLE Scotland we think  it is important to emphasise…

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  • Power in Partnership

    June 21, 2018 CEO blog Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland CEO

    When it comes to standing up for the rights of people who have a learning disability and fighting inequalities in society, working together is the best way to get things done. History tells us that we can achieve more together than as individuals – as CEO of an organisation set…

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  • Sharing our learning with the world

    June 8, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Lisa Kerr

    Last week, I had the opportunity to represent ENABLE Scotland at the Inclusion International World Congress in Birmingham. This global event was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 71 countries, and I was one of more than 400 self-advocates speaking up for people who have learning disabilities. It was…

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