Welcome to the

Scottish
Learning Disabilities
Observatory

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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

Health and care experiences

In this short film people with learning disabilities tell us about their experiences of health and health care.

News

Research Voices Citizens' Jury Recommendations Report now available

 

The Research Voices project brought together a group of individuals with learning disabilities to form a Citizens’ Jury to discuss and challenge existing practices around health research. The report from this project is now available together with two short videos where the Citizens' Jury members share their experiences of the process and their ten recommendations for overcoming barriers to engagement with research. Find out more about this work. 

Latest SLDO research

Reports & publications

 

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

View our full list of reports and publications here.

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.  You can view our e-newsletter archive here.

Population profiles

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 spending


£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