Mapping the Employability Landscape for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland

McTier, A., Macdougall, L., McGregor, A. , Hirst, A. and Rinne, S. (2016) Mapping the Employability Landscape for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities, Glasgow.

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Abstract

Background: ‘The keys to life’ is Scotland’s learning disability strategy and was developed by the Scottish Government in conjunction with COSLA, a wide range of statutory and third sector partners, people with learning disabilities and carers. Launched in 2013, it is a long term strategy based on a commitment to human rights for people with learning disabilities and has a strong focus on tackling the significant health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and includes many other measures to improve the quality of their lives. The principles of choice, control and independence for people with learning disabilities are central to the strategy. The Scottish Government has developed an implementation framework for ‘The keys to life’. The framework has four strategic outcomes which relate to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Most relevant to this research is Strategic Outcome 4 – Active Citizenship which aims to ensure that ‘people with learning disabilities are able to participate in all aspects of community and society’. Within this, two specific priorities are to: ‘Contribute to relevant outcomes across key policy areas to further develop employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities’. ‘Facilitate innovative social connectedness and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities’. Aims and Objectives: This research responds to the Active Citizenship priority to ‘Facilitate… employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities’ by seeking to better understand the scale and effectiveness of employability support for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. Commissioned by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities (SCLD) on behalf of the Scottish Government, the specific aims of the research are to provide an evidence base that assesses: The degree to which learning disability is recognised by employment support services and how this makes a difference to provision for clients with different levels of learning disability need. The employment outcomes achieved by different types of employability support programmes targeted at people with a learning disability. The non-employment issues that are constraining the impact of employment support services for people with LD. The extent to which the support available addresses the key issues in ‘The keys to life’ learning disability strategy and implementation framework?

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macdougall, Ms Lynne and McGregor, Professor Alan and McTier, Mr Alexander
Authors: McTier, A., Macdougall, L., McGregor, A., Hirst, A., and Rinne, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
Publisher:Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities

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