Do you know about the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill (LDAN)?
A landmark new initiative, the Scottish Government's proposed new bill will create the framework to provide specific protection and support for autistic and neurodiverse individuals and people with learning disabilities whilst promoting the critical message that diversity and inclusion are Scotland’s strengths. Currently, no other country in the world is promoting a framework like this, meaning Scotland would be leading the way in autism and neurodiversity support.
Developed in collaboration with people who have lived experiences alongside practitioners and professionals within the sector, the bill has been in development for over a year. Now in its consultation phase, there are five proposals the public must agree on before it can be implemented.
If successful, the LDAN will strengthen the quality of life of neurodiverse and autistic individuals across the country. The bill aims to better protect, respect, and champion the rights of neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities for the benefit of Scotland.
Through our CEO Billy Alexander, A-ND has sat on the Stakeholder Panel for the LDAN Bill, ensuring that the issues and concerns raised by the individuals and families we support are translated and heard by the Panel, playing a significant role in the development of the bill.
The consultation is a chance for the public to engage with the proposal to share your views on how you can help the Scottish Government support the learning disability and neurodiverse communities.
This is a critical moment. With your support and influence, we can help raise the voices of Scotland's autistic and neurodiverse individuals.
You can learn more about the bill and take part in the public consultation here: https://consult.gov.scot/mental-health-unit/learning-disabilities-autism-neurodivergence-bill/
“People with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people are unique individuals who, like all of us, have the potential to develop, skills to offer, and vibrant lives to lead connected to their families and communities. They may think differently and see and experience the world differently. This shouldn’t cause them to be marginalised, stigmatised, disadvantaged or excluded.”