19 June 2020

Labour MSP Johann Lamont has formally lodged a Bill in the Scottish Parliament to ensure every disabled child with an impairment or long-term health condition has a right to a transition plan.

The Bill requires the Scottish Government to introduce a national transitions strategy to improve outcomes for children and young people with a disability in the transition to adulthood and calls for the appointment of a Minister with special responsibility for transitions.

Johann Lamont MSP said: “As a former teacher, I know only too well about the challenges faced by young people with a disability in moving on into further and higher education or finding work or training.

"Since 2008 the percentage of Scottish disabled people in employment has fallen. We need to do much more to assist young disabled people during this important and challenging time in their lives; my Bill aims to help address the problems they face and provide the additional support that they so desperately need”.

Kate Monahan, a parent whose son attends Camphill School Aberdeen, commented: “Our family’s lived-experience of transition for our disabled son was prolonged, traumatic and inaccessible. The process appeared to have no proper framework, governance or safeguards.

"This added enormous extra distress to our already stressful lives at a moment of severe crisis. We support the Bill for the sake of others who come after.”

Bill Scott, Special Policy Adviser at Inclusion Scotland added: “The measures outlined in this Bill are needed now more than ever in order to avoid the long term scarring of young disabled people’s lives. Young disabled people are not asking for much. Just a little help in taking their first steps in adult life.”

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