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 6: How to Respond

We are inviting responses to this consultation by 10pm on Sunday 21 April 2024.

Some sections of this consultation may be more relevant to particular individuals than others. Therefore, you may wish to only answer the questions or sections you find most relevant.

We encourage you to submit a response, regardless of how many questions you would like to answer.

Responding online

If you are able to, please respond using Citizen Space, the Scottish Government's online consultation hub. Here you will be directed to the 'About You' page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to be published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will not publish it.

The LDAN Bill consultation on Citizen Space can be found here.

Written responses

If you are unable to respond online, please complete the Respondent Information Form and send with your completed questionnaire to:


(simply put form in an envelope and add address above – 3 words – all in capital letters - to post your response free from any postage costs)

Or by email: LDAN.Bill@gov.scot

You can submit any written form of response this way too, so long as you have provided answers to the About You questions on pages 1-4 of the Respondent Information Form, and in particular whether you would like your response to be published, and follow the flow of the questions, answering the questions as they are set out.

Responding by audio or video

You are welcome to submit a response in an audio clip, video, or BSL video file – please email these to LDAN.Bill@gov.scot.

As part of your response, you must include answers to the About You questions in pages 1-4 of the respondent information form so that we can accept your response. Please always supply a way to contact you so we can reach you if anything is missing and so that your responses can be accepted.

How your response will be handled

To find out how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy policy:

Privacy - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise. However, personal data would never be disclosed.

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us understand the views and issues. Responses will be published only where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.

Consultation is an essential part of the policy making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review;
  • inform the development of a particular policy;
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals; and,
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented.

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.

For information on how to make a complaint please visit:

Make a complaint - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


Email: LDAN.Bill@gov.scot

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