Scotland's Employment Landscape for People with Learning Disabilities

Watts, Rob and Congreve, Emma and Roy, Graeme (2021) Scotland's Employment Landscape for People with Learning Disabilities. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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It is clear that many people with learning disabilities would like more opportunities to have a paid job and, just as importantly, to keep their job and build a career. For many, this would unlock more choice and control over how to live their lives. But it is also clear that very few people with a learning disability in Scotland have the support and opportunities that would enable them to work. In this report – the latest in our wider learning disabilities research project – we set out the challenges and potential solutions to improving outcomes. We analyse the learning disability employment rate in the context of the Scottish Government’s ambition to halve the disability employment gap, we set out the key barriers to improving outcomes, and we highlight success stories that might provide a blueprint for improving outcomes on a wider scale.