NHS Scotland learning disability employment: tools and guidance - easy read version

Easy read version of tools and guidance to support NHS Scotland to increase the number of the people employed with learning disabilities.

1. Introduction

A diverse group of NHS staff

The Scottish Government has made a promise to employ more people with learning disabilities in NHSScotland organisations.

A small boy with an arrow pointing to him as a grown man.

A learning disability starts in childhood and affects a person throughout their life. A person with a learning disability might need help to understand information, learn skills and get the most out of life. Some people with a learning disability will also have healthcare needs and need support to communicate.

A family – a man and woman standing with their son and daughter

This is only part of who the person is. They can be a friend, a family member, a student, a parent, an employee or employer.

A woman holding a sign in front of her with ‘ASD’ written on it

The ideas in this guide may also help you make your organisation a welcoming place to work for people with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

A man standing outside a Job Centre, looking unhappy

People with learning disabilities do not get employed as often as other people with a disability.

A man sitting at a desk with a computer on it. He is wearing a name badge and looking happy

Changing the way we see learning disabilities will help us to give better care, give more people jobs and make sure that our workforce is representive.

A woman with a name badge looking happy with a barrier behind her

The aim of this guide is to raise awareness and take away some of the barriers that employers face. This will help you to make a workplace where people with learning disabilities can be happy and safe. This will promote equal access to job opportunities across NHSScotland.


Email: emma.weedon@gov.scot

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