Report maps LD employment needs in Scotland

More than 120,000 Scottish adults with a learning disability are in need of help finding work, according to a new report from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. The estimate, based on the number of school leavers who education authorities say have a recognised learning disability, is a huge increase on previous estimates.

Around 26,000 people with a learning disability are known to Scotland's councils, but they tend to be those with the highest needs in receipt of social services.

The new figures, published in a report by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD), in association with researchers at Glasgow University and the Scottish Government, are part of an attempt to find out how many people need employability help.

The report calls for changes to help people with learning disabilities participate fully in society by getting real jobs. It says too many currently rely on part time or sheltered employment that can be for as little as three ours a week and often amounts to not much more than day care.

Existing schemes such as Work cChoice, Access to work and Community Job Scotland are helping more adults with learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia to significant cognitive impairment, to find work, the report says. But some councils are transferring supported employment services out of social services departments, leaving them vulnerable to cuts, it warns.

A range of recommendations to the Government, councils, skills bodies, colleges and employers include a call for companies to be given a target of employing one person with a learning disability for every 25 employees.

Source: Herald Scotland

The report is available on our knowledge pages