Welcome to the

Scottish
Learning Disabilities
Observatory

The Observatory has been set up to provide better information about the health and health care of people with learning disabilities and people with autism in Scotland. The Observatory will generate and translate information into knowledge, that is designed to inform actions, practice and policy to benefit people with learning disabilities and people with autism.

More about us

Where is the best health?

People with learning disabilities with good/very good health

All health information

Topics

Population characteristics

Number of people

26,349

with learning disabilities


31,712

with autism


5,295,402

all people


All population information

Health

Percentage of people with very good health

15.2%

with learning disabilities


37.4%

with autism


52.5%

all people


All health information

Housing and accomodation

People with learning disabilities in private households

11,886

Rented from council or housing association


8,927

Private ownership


2,203

Rented privately or living rent free


All housing and accommodation information

Employment and Education

People aged 16 and over with learning disabilities

12,098

Long term sick or disabled


2,460

in paid employment


1,975

students


1,934

retired


2,648

other


All employment and education information

Family

Percentage of people who live with a family

53.3%

with learning disabilities


82.7%

with autism


78.3%

all people


Health and social care spending

2014/15

£250,188,001

Health care spendning


£697,310,000

Social care spending


Other topics

Country of birth

People born within the UK

25,599

with learning disabilities


30,689

with autism


4,926,119

all people


Language spoken at home

People speaking Gaelic or Scots

321

with learning disabilities


465

with autism


80,791

all people


Ethnicity

People who are white Scottish

20,875

with learning disabilities


26,842

with autism


4,382,131

all people


Scotland's Census 2011

Once every 10 years the Scottish Government holds a national census. The last one was on the 27th of March 2011. Every citizen in Scotland provided information on the census form. This website presents findings from Scotland's Census 2011. If you have an enquiry related to this census you can contact National Records of Scotland by following this link. 

Project examples

Life expectancy

Find out about our work to understand the factors influencing the mortality of people with learning disabilities.

Read more about this project

Physical health

There is a need to better understand the physical health of people with learning disabilities. This project examines the number of co-existing conditions and the types of conditions people with learning disabilities experience.

Physical health

Accessible information

Hospital admissions

In this video Kirsty Dunn talks about her project looking at why people with learning disabilities go to hospital.

Going in to hospital

NEWS

Want to work with us?

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory is recruiting a research assistant to conduct a programme of research, public engagement and knowledge exchange. This new post will contribute to raising awareness of, and providing evidence-based solutions to the very poor health and health inequalities currently experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Vacancy details

Reports & Publications

e-newsletter

Our e-newsletter is published every 6 months. If you would like to receive a copy into your inbox, please register below and you will be added to our distribution list for updates.  

Reports & Publications

We publish reports relevant to learning disabilities and autism policy and practice.

 

View our full list of publications.

Reports & Publications

Tell us what you think!

We would love to hear your comments about our new website so that we can make it better. Email us at sldo-info@glasgow.ac.uk