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The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act is looking at whether this law needs to change for people with autism or people with learning disability. The review is looking at whether the law promotes and protects people’s human rights. If the review finds that the law needs to change […]

SDSS Office Christmas hours.

Season’s Greetings! The SDSS office and My Support, My Choice helpline will be closed for Christmas from 20th December and will reopen on Monday 6th January.  

2019: a year in numbers.

    As the year comes to a  close we have taken a closer look at website activity to highlight the key searches, trends and breaking news in SDS from 2019! Online form data. It is now a year since our new website went live, a big part of the new site being the ´Find […]

#MySupportMyChoice19 deadline finalised! Have you say by Febuary 14th 2020.

    Today we announced the final deadline for #MySupportMyChoice2019 which will be 14th February 2020. So far we have 550 responses from a range of areas in Scotland and want to hear from as many more people as possible before the deadline. We want to hear from anyone who has been assessed for SDS […]

Latest on social care policy: Adult Social Care Reform programme launched.

The much anticipated Adult Social Care Reform programme was launched on Wednesday at the Social Work Scotland conference. You can find out all about the programme here and see the programme framework here. At SDSS we are delighted to see the reform programme being launched, and are very hopeful that it will bring the opportunity to […]

#MySupportMyChoice19 TFN exclusive!

      Today the #MySupportMyChoice19 research featured in TFN and we heard from the ALLIANCE CEO Ian Welsh on the power of lived experience and the importance of reporting on it to improve SDS: ‘The My Support My Choice project prioritises people’s lived experiences of being assessed for and receiving Self-directed Support, providing a […]

Meet the #MySupportMyChoice19 research team!

The My Support, My Choice research team want to hear from you! To access the survey click here. The freephone survey support line is 0800 1701 321 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm). Download the video transcription

Proposed Wheelchairs (Short-term access) (Scotland) Bill: consultation now open.

This Bill aims to create a statutory duty to provide an attendant controlled or occupant propelled manual wheelchair on a short-term basis, free of charge, for people who have a short-term mobility need. Currently, there is no statutory obligation on either the NHS, Health & Social Care Partnerships or local authorities to provide short-term wheelchairs. […]

Recent Scottish Goverment SDS reports: a summary.

    The Scottish Government has recently released a number of research reports on Self-directed Support implementation in Scotland as follows:  Report 1: The SDS Change Map  Report 2: Evidence Assessment for Self-directed Support  Report 3: Self-directed Support Case Studies  Report 4: Summary of Study Findings and Implications  Report 1: The SDS Change Map  The […]

Personal Assistant/People who employ PAs: Survey now live!

  The Scottish Government and COSLA are interested in hearing from people who manage their own Self-Directed Support (SDS) and their experience in employing Personal Assistants (PAs). Your input will help with plans around the future PA workforce and help to make sure that there are enough people with the right skills. The survey should […]

GDA Future Visions programme: apply now!

GDA Future Visions offers a programme of short-term intensive support, modelled on the landmark Self Directed Support Act 2013. It empowers GDA members to identify goals, overcome barriers, make choices and take control of their lives, in relation to the support they need. Sharing these successes with allies, services, decision-makers and most importantly, other disabled […]