Priority 17 from the Learning Difficulties Scotland PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How can we improve public awareness about learning difficulties and what is the impact of any improvement in awareness on the wellbeing of people with learning difficulties? (JLA PSP Priority 17)
Overall ranking 17
JLA question ID 0070/17
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

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H. A. Pelleboer-Gunnink, W. M. W. J. Van Oorsouw, J. Van Weeghel, P. J. C. M. Embregts. (2017). Mainstream health professionals' stigmatising attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Journal of Intellectual Disability

Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples I would like to see more support to be given for learning difficulties - and for other children to be made aware of differences. ~ Why are service providers such as shop keepers, bus/ taxi drivers, catering services not trained in awareness? Are police and nursing staff? ~ Could all be made aware of sensitive hearing and how it affects me, I need a quiet space sometimes? ~ Will more be done to educate people (employers) about dyspraxia?  That it is not just a clumsiness but effects thinking, hearing, touch, perception etc?
Submitted by Professionals x 8  ~  parents/carers x 12  ~  Adults who experienced learning difficulties as a child x 5  ~  child/young person x 1
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0070
PSP name Learning Difficulties (Scotland)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 40  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 11 June 2018