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Building a Fairer Scotland – Public Consultation on Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill

Posted on 21st February 2024

Tell the Scottish Government what you think about it before the consultation ends on 21st April

It’s really important that everyone in Scotland is aware of the proposed Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill. The aim of this new law is to improve the lives of autistic people, people with Learning Disabilities and Neurodivergent people in Scotland

It is therefore important that you tell the Scottish Government what you think about it. The consultation ends on 21st April. Further information can be found here. You can also submit a response in writing, audio, video, or BSL video by sending via email to LDAN.Bill@gov.scot.

The consultation will run from over a total of 17 weeks, closing on 21 April 2024. The consultation has been co-designed with the LEAP, including up to 27 people with lived experience of various conditions including learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, and others.

Mental Health Minister Maree Todd said: “People with learning disabilities, autistic people and neurodivergent people make up around 15% of our society and many of them think and see the world differently. This shouldn’t cause them to be stigmatised and disadvantaged and the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that their rights are respected."

“This public consultation has been designed alongside people with lived experience, and we have worked closely with third sector organisations and support providers to ensure those who know the challenges best are at the heart of any action we take. I am keen to hear views from as many people as possible on our proposals. I am confident that, together, we can build a fairer Scotland for all.”

Have your say about Scotland's Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill