Towards Transformation plan published

A new plan designed to transform Scotland into a place where the human rights of autistic people and people with learning disabilities are respected and protected has been published by COSLA and the Scottish Government.

Towards Transformation also aims to ensure that people with autism and/or learning disabilities are empowered to live their lives, the same as everyone else.

The plan, which was developed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, sets out 32 actions under the following themes:

  • Human rights
  • Mental health
  • Health
  • Social care and support
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Digital Exclusion
  • Communication

Welcoming the plan, ELCAP Chief Executive Paul White said:

“The purpose of the plan chimes with our charity’s vision. Everyone, no matter what their individual support needs, should be able to live to their full potential and be an active and valued member of our community.

There is much to commend in the plan, but we are particularly heartened by the commitment to do more to address the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.

We’re also pleased with the commitment to ensure that people with lived experience are listened to and better supported to initiate and influence initiatives which will impact on their lives.  The Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland emphasised the importance of people’s voices being heard and it’s important to reinforce that message in relation to individuals with autism or learning disabilities.”

As well as the text-based version, Towards Transformation is available in an easy-read version, which uses plain language and pictures to convey its message.