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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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  • Developing our staff team

    June 7, 2018 Press releases

    Sixteen staff at ENABLE Scotland have completed leadership, management and customer care courses as part of the charity’s continued mission to invest in the skills and development of its workforce. The learning disability charity accessed funding from a newly introduced Scottish Government initiative, the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), which…

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  • Parliament debates appropriate housing

    June 4, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Frank McKillop, Policy and Research Officer

    The Scottish Parliament has debated appropriate housing for people who have learning disabilities, with MSPs from across the parties highlighting the importance of where people live to their freedom to live the life they choose. The Members’ Business Debate was held in the Chamber on Wednesday 30 May on Motion…

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  • 65 Years of Breaking Barriers

    May 25, 2018 CEO blog Theresa Shearer

    Last night I had the privilege of attending the Strathclyde University gala dinner at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The occasion marked the anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen granting Strathclyde the Royal Charter in 1964, a significant milestone in the University’s history. The University of Strathclyde continues to be…

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  • Follow your own recipe for success!

    May 18, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Kieran Toner

    My name is Kieran Toner. I work as a chef at Gleneagles Hotel, and I’d like to tell you about how I got there and the huge role ENABLE Scotland has played on my journey. Support at school At school, I was disruptive and teachers didn’t know what to do…

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  • A woman who has a learning disability smiling for the camera

    Support to live the life I choose

    May 17, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Kirstin Taylor

    My name is Kirstin Taylor. I live in Edinburgh and I’m supported by ENABLE Scotland. Over the last year or so, I’ve really been on a journey. There was a time when I wouldn’t leave the house, didn’t want to think about the future and couldn’t imagine living in my…

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