Learning Disability

Learning disability

People First Scotland (DPO)

People First (Scotland) started in 1989. It is the independent self-advocacy organisation in Scotland. We are run by and for people with learning difficulties.

We say that there are 3 things we try to change:

  1. The way people with learning difficulties see themselves - most of us have grown up believing that we are not much use; that we have nothing useful to say and that we can do nothing for ourselves or anyone else.
  2. The way the world sees and thinks about people with learning difficulties - most people in our communities believe that, at best, we are "poor souls" and, at worst, that we are a nuisance and a drain on society.
  3. The law and policy as it affects people with learning difficulties - our lives are often ruled and directed by laws and policies that we have had no say in. One of our mottos is "nothing about us without us" and we're pleased to say that, these days, Government and local government usually tries hard to listen to our points of view.


  • help local groups get off the ground
  • help to train professionals in workplace training and in Universities
  • talk to government, councils, health boards and services about what our members think and feel about services
  • run conferences and workshops
  • write booklets and make videos
  • produce newsletters and other publicity
  • support each other to get through difficult times and to speak up
  • take part in the wider People First movement
  • we also run the organisation and manage the staff

Please click here for more information.


Scottish Council for Learning Disability

The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability is a charity that is made up of 12 Partner Organisations who have joined together with funding from the Scottish Government to help people make the changes set out in "The same as you?"

"The same as you?" was published by the Scottish Government in May 2000. It was the result of listening to people with learning disabilities, family carers and people who plan and provide services and supports. It contains 29 recommendations - things that have to happen to make the lives of people with learning disabilities better. It says that children and people with learning disabilities and their families should be able to have a good life, like anyone else.

Our mission is to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities of all ages and family carers to challenge discrimination and to develop and share good practice.

Our goal is an inclusive Scotland where everyone is valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute as equal citizens. For more information, click here.


Enable Scotland

ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic charity run by its members . We campaign for a better life for children and adults with learning disabilities and support them and their families to live, work and take part in their communities. We run a growing range of flexible person-centred services. We make sure that children and adults with learning disabilities and their carers are at the heart of everything we do. For more information click here.