My name is Lindsay and I am part of the learning and development team at the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability. I would like to talk to you today about bullying and hate crime and tell you about the reasons why I decided to write a course for people with learning disabilities and autism about this.
A crime happens when a person breaks the law. A disability hate crime happens when someone commits a crime against you because you have a disability.
There are lots of different types of disability hate crime. It can mean having your personal things taken or being hurt. It can mean someone threatening you or calling you names.
It is difficult to talk to people about bullying and it is even harder to talk about a hate crime, but it is important to tell someone. You might prefer to speak to a friend at first – the important thing is that you have had the confidence to tell someone.
‘The keys to life’ is Scotland’s new learning disability plan. In it, the Scottish Government says that there is no excuse for hate crime and that it will not be accepted. ‘The keys to life’ says that SCLD should provide helpful support about hate crime to support people with learning disabilities and autism.
We worked with our friends at Central Advocacy Partners to make an easy read about disability crime. This guide is a fantastic tool for people with a learning disability and autism but I thought it would be good for people to have that little bit more information so I developed a new course called ‘Speak out, be heard…beat bullying’.
This course is for people with a learning disability or autism. The aim of the course is to help people feel safer in their communities. Some of the things we will look at on the course are:
- What bullying and harassment is
- Who is protected under the law
- Where to get the right help and support
Let us all speak out be heard and beat bullying today for a better future tomorrow!
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If you would like to learn more about my course, please contact me on 0141 559 5731 or at email@example.com
You can also contact my colleague John Somerville on 0141 559 5720 or at firstname.lastname@example.org