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

26,340

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

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

News

SLDO Conference registration now open

 

Integrating evidence, policy and practice

Tuesday 16th May 9.30am to 3.45pm in Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory is pleased to invite you to attend our second national conference. This event will showcase current evidence on the health and healthcare of people with learning disabilities, exploring the implications for policy makers and practitioners.

Our speakers:

The morning session will be chaired by Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Sir Ken Calman who brings decades of experience of using health evidence in policy.

To set the scene for the day we have a short film created by people with learning disabilities and people with autism telling us about their experiences of health and health care.

Sally-Ann Cooper, Director of the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, will reflect on the state of evidence for people with learning disabilities.

Maureen Watt, the Minister for Mental Health, will talk about Scottish Government priorities in a rapidly evolving policy landscape.

Chris Hatton, Co-director of Improving Health and Lives (the English Learning Disabilities Observatory) will talk about evidence for people with learning disabilities south of the border.

Colin Fischbacher, Clinical lead for health improvement, Information Services Division, NHS Scotland will chair the afternoon session.

Lamiece Hassan, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager, University of Manchester, will talk about innovative methods they have used to support the public in engaging with health research.

Workshops will provide delegates with opportunities to discuss their ideas and views on future priorities for improving health evidence, policy and practice for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

Spaces are limited so please get your booking in early!

To register for the event, please follow the link below

Launch of SPIRE (Scottish Primary Information Resource)

 

NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. From May 2017, a new service called SPIRE will be introduced across Scotland, developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers learn from information held at GP practices.

A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service, and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services.

It is important all patients are aware of SPIRE, and their choices.

To find out more visit spire.scot or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 to find out more.

Research invitation

Invitation to take part in research: Transition and health in young adults with learning disabilities

I am conducting a study on how transition from school affects health and wellbeing into adulthood in young adults with learning disabilities.

I am looking to interview young adults with learning disabilities aged 25-35 years, and their families, about the experience of leaving school, and what they have been doing since leaving school.

The interview will last around one hour and will take place at home. 

If you would like to hear more information about the study, or to arrange an interview, please contact me via email: g.young-southward.1@research.gla.ac.uk or through the Scottish Learning Disabilities website: https://www.sldo.ac.uk/contact/

With thanks,

Genevieve Young-Southward (PhD candidate) 

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

Reports & Publications

Newsletter

June 2016 edition

Our newsletter is published every 6 months. Send us your contact details if you would like to receive a copy in the post.

Read it here!

Reports & Publications

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

 

View our full list of publications.

Reports & Publications

Events

SLDO conference registration now open

Integrating evidence, policy and practice

Tuesday 16th May, 10.00am to 3.30pm in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory is pleased to invite you to attend our second national conference: Integratinv evidence, policy and practice. This event will showcase current evidence on the health and healthcare of people with learning disabilities, exploring the implications for policy makers and practitioners.

Our speakers:

The morning session will be chaired by Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Sir Ken Calman who brings decades of experience of using health evidence in policy.

To set the scene for the day we have a short film created by people with learning disabilities and people with autism telling us about their experiences of health and health care.

Sally-Ann Cooper, Director of the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, will reflect on the state of evidence for people with learning disabilities.

Maureen Watt, the Minister for Mental Health, will talk about Scottish Government priorities in a rapidly evolving policy landscape.

Chris Hatton, Co-director of Improving Health and Lives (the English Learning Disabilities Observatory) will talk about evidence for people with learning disabilities south of the border.

Colin Fischbacher, Clinical lead for health improvement, Information Services Division, NHS Scotland will chair the afternoon session.

Lamiece Hassan, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager, University of Manchester, will talk about innovative methods they have used to support the public in engaging with health research.

Workshops will provide delegates with opportunities to discuss their ideas and views on future priorities for improving health evidence, policy and practice for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

Spaces are limited so please get your booking in early!

To register for the event, please follow this link

 

Conference

Better information, better health

On the 1st of December 2015 the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory hosted its first national conference. Speakers from across the UK talked about the role of information and data in improving the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and people with autism.

Watch Clare Mills visually record the meeting.

Conference

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