This is Me: Valuing the lives of people with learning disabilities


This is Me: Valuing the lives of people with learning disabilities


We are working with the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities, PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) and Down's Syndrome Scotland to raise awareness of the experiences of people with learning disabilities. Through a series of short films, we aim to challenge stigma and discrimination and influence positive change.

We recently worked with a group of people with learning disabilities to talk about priorities for improving health and they told us that negative attitudes about learning disabilities were very common. People with learning disabilities told us there should be an awareness campaign to challenge these attitudes, and we listened.

‘This Is Me: Valuing the lives of people with learning disabilities’ will bring together self-advocates with learning disabilities and supporter organisations, families and carers to tell their stories and share the changes they would like to see to make Scotland a more equal, more inclusive place for people with learning disabilities.

Why is this important?
People with learning disabilities are, first and foremost, citizens with rights, needs, hopes, dreams and goals. Yet people with learning disabilities are not valued as equals in society and continue to experience stigma and discrimination across all areas of life which is evidenced through huge health and social inequalities. This includes lower life expectancy, poorer health care, limited employment and educational opportunities and higher rates of hate crime and bullying.

What we will do
By sharing the stories of people with learning disabilities along with current research evidence about their health and wellbeing we hope to challenge the negative attitudes which are common in society. We hope to encourage public understanding that everyone – including people with learning disabilities – has the right to equal healthcare, employment opportunities and to feel safe in their community.

How can you get involved?
We want to hear from people with learning disabilities and family carers about their day-to-day life. If you would like to tell your story as part of a social media campaign,  please get in touch with us via email to sldo-info@glasgow.ac.uk. You can also take part by following #ThisIsMe22 on social media; use the hashtag when you create your own post about valuing the lives of people with learning disabilities. 

Key information
This project runs from February until July 2022.
This project is funded by the University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund.