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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-21545

SCLD and UoG Guided Self-help Booklets to Support People with Learning Disabilities

Submitted by: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Willie Coffey, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Alex Neil, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament understands that the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has published guided self-help booklets to support people with learning disabilities; commends the SCLD and the University of Glasgow (UoG) for working together with colleagues at the universities of Lancaster and Warwick to provide this series of booklets, which can be used with support from family, friends and healthcare professionals; notes that the booklets aim to provide an opportunity to discuss and understand feelings and to enable the individual to make plans to ensure their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak; notes that the booklets have been used as part of a national study and that people reported finding them helpful, and that they were linked to good outcomes; further notes that people with learning disabilities experience higher rates of mental health problems, which will be impacted by the disruption caused by COVID-19, and that these booklets are directed at people struggling with the current situation; thanks the SCLD, UoG and universities of Lancaster and Warwick for their contributions on providing these extremely valuable resources, which are available to everyone, free of charge, online or in booklet format, and urges anyone supporting individuals with learning disabilities to download the booklets directly from the SCLD website.