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PE01741: Human rights, citizenship and legal protection for people with lifelong learning disabilities

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Petitioner: Keith Lynch on behalf of People First (Scotland)


Closing Date for Online Petition: 05 September 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a new law addressing the needs and rights of people with lifelong learning disabilities in Scotland. 

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Do you think that people with learning disabilities enjoy the same rights and aspirations that other citizens enjoy in Scotland?
Do you consider that the existing laws are sufficient to ensure human rights and access to full citizenship for people with learning disabilities in Scotland?
Do you agree that a joined up piece of legislation covering all aspects of life for people with learning disabilities would help to change public and professional perceptions and expectations?

A family member has struggled with ADHD all of their life. For them this manifests in low self esteem, lack of confidence, poor planning capabilities, poor communication skills with new or unknown people. The upside however is attention to detail, super fast brain, amazing retention for facts etc. Unfortunately this does not help them if employers don't see the potential - they then feel a failure which feeds their anxiety and confidence. They also do not receive the support they are entitled to and need from the Job Centre due to their inability to negotiate online forms and job applications due to IT failure and slow connections that drop out rather than their ability. This makes complying with Job Centre requirements almost impossible when applying for Universal Credit and as a result they have received many sanctions where support should have been provided.

Linda Jacomb

14:53 on 22 Aug 2019

People with Life Long Learning disabilities require their human rights and services to be protected.

James Mclay

22:02 on 21 Aug 2019

A long overdue move of focus in the way people with learning disabilities are treated by the state.

Andrew Findlay

10:34 on 21 Aug 2019

I believe that Scotland should support people with additional learning needs

Catherine kelly

9:28 on 21 Aug 2019

I support this petition

Alka nanda

20:52 on 20 Aug 2019

Long term disabilities should be recognised.

Nell Whitelaw

18:02 on 20 Aug 2019

Well done keith this is a good piece of work id like to be more involved in this

Russell Easton

17:43 on 20 Aug 2019

Signing on behalf of people with complex combined needs

Margaret Mackenzie

12:59 on 20 Aug 2019

I worked for 26 years in a school for young people with learning difficulties, from 5-17 years, and I realised that when they left school or college there was very little support for them. I spent a week going around firms that may offer suitable employment, but in most cases the work was automated. The lack of provision affects not only the young person but their families too. All through school families and schools and other groups working with the young people have to fight for what should be their right.

Maureen Price

14:15 on 19 Aug 2019

People with learning disabilities are ignored. Their human rights are abused and they are not listened to. They are not given legal advice or access to a solicitor.

Edward Fowler

9:15 on 17 Aug 2019

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