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Kidz Scotland Event 17th September 2015

Kidz Scotland is one of the largest FREE events dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and all the people who support them.  There will be over 100 exhibitors offering advice and information about a whole range of topics including mobility aids, access to sport and leisure, funding for equipment – and much more.

This year’s event takes place on Thursday 17th September at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.

Download a visitor’s free entry ticket and see more information here.

A framework for all staff working with people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, their families and carers

The NHS Education for Scotland Autism Training Framework ‘Optimising  Outcomes’ is available online.
The purpose of this document is to help organisations identify the levels of knowledge and skill their staff require in order to meet the needs of people with autism spectrum conditions and their families and carers, and to identify staff training needs that support the delivery of national guidelines.  It should also help individual staff members to understand the values underpinning the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

Download the framework here

Values and principles intrinsic to the framework:
To facilitate staff to be able to provide a service to individuals, their families and carers that values their rights to:

  • Independence
  • Being viewed and treated as individuals
  • Being treated fairly
  • Having access to services that will support them in realising their potential and promote wellbeing
  • Make choices
  • Respect and dignity
  • Respect for privacy and confidentiality
  • Treatment being compassionate and non-judgemental


World Mental Health Day, Friday 10th October 2014

Today is World Mental Health Day – a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992.  It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

To help raise awareness of mental health and the many struggles that children and young people with mental health issues face, the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition has renewed its call on the Scottish Government for urgent action to ensure that NHS Health Boards meet waiting time pledges to access mental health services.

Read the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition news release here.

HUBS Campaign from Enable Scotland

HUBS stands for Help Us Be Spontaneous.
All young people want to enjoy more freedom in their teenage years as they move to an independent life. When they get a text from their friend on a Saturday morning asking them to meet later that afternoon, they want to be able to get there. They want to be spontaneous.Young people who have learning disablities and mobility assistance needs can’t. They have to let the train company know about their plans up to 24 hours in advance.

HUBS is campaigning for a number of changes.
Read more here.

Enable is a membership organisation in Scotland for people with learning disabilities and family carers.