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Learning Disability & Autism

Learning Disability and Autism

The Scottish Government is committed to improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, their families and carers.

Helping people with learning disabilities

We are working to improve services for people with a learning disability through implementing the recommendations of The same as you? (SAY) review, published in 2000. This review was for 10 years and aimed to change people's lifestyles for the better by improving the range and quality of services, and the way that agencies work together.

One of the most important aspects of SAY is its focus on a person-centred apprach that ensures that the person with learning disabilities is involved in decisions about their life, what they do and the services they receive.

The same as you? 2000 ended in 2010 and an Evaluation Team was set up to find out how the lives of people of people with learning disabilities and their families have changed as a result of The same as you?. A full evaluation report has now been produced and this details what improvements there have been and, more importantly what challenges still remain.

A consultation exercise took place which ended on September 30, 2012. The feedback from this consultation exercise is currently being analysed and it will be important as this, along with the outcomes of the evaluation, will help to imform, develop and prodice a new policy document for people with learning disabilities, builing on the principles and successes of The same as you?

Helping people with autism

People with autism spectrum disorders have lifelong, complex conditions resulting in mild to severe social, language and communication, and thought and behavioural impairments.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Reference Group was reconvened to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and have produced the Scottish Strategy for Autism. They will work with the Scottish Government to identify areas for future action to improve services and support for people with autism.