Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

Part 5: Next Steps

This part of the consultation sets out next steps following the publication of this document.

The consultation will run for four months and closes on 21 April 2024.

Everyone should have the opportunity to offer their views to inform the Bill. During the consultation period, we will make sure as many people as possible know about the consultation and are encouraged and supported to take part.

This will include a series of local discussion events across Scotland as well as online events. We will seek to meet with neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities who face historic and ongoing societal barriers to having their voice heard in public consultations. We will work with organisations that represent the lived experience of neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities to engage with as many people as possible.

We have also published accessible facilitation packs so that community groups can hold their own discussions and, if they wish, submit a group response to the consultation. We have developed accessibility resources, such as easy read versions of all sections in this document, a short guide to the consultation document, a child-friendly version, an audio version and a BSL video, that help to enable as many people as possible to get involved.

The Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) will continue to meet throughout the consultation period and over the rest of the Bill development process. LEAP members will help us put accessibility and transparency at the heart of the consultation process.

The views provided through the consultation, alongside the feedback received throughout the consultation development process, will inform the next steps in developing the Bill.


Email: LDAN.Bill@gov.scot

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