The Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership is in the initial stages of developing an Aberdeenshire specific learning disability strategy.

The team developing the strategy are holding a number of engagement sessions with various groups to ensure that the voices of the people at the heart of this strategy are heard.

However, to ensure that the final strategy is as comprehensive as possible they need to collect the needs, concerns and comments from as wide a section of the community as possible. To complete the survey, please visit:

Chair of the Integration Joint Board, Dr Lynda Lynch said: “A huge amount of progress has been made in the last few years in further integrating people with learning disabilities into our communities, but there is still a way to go.

“The development of this strategy is our way of ensuring that we, as a partnership, continue that work and make sure that those with learning disabilities live as long and as a fulfilling a life as possible at the heart of our communities”

Vice chair of the IJB, cllr Anne Stirling said: “We need to hear from as many people as possible, parents, teachers, friends anyone who has experience of living or working with someone with a learning disability, this is your opportunity to let us know what you think is important for us to include in our future strategy”

The survey will be open until Friday, December 7, 2018. It is hoped that all engagement will be completed by the end of December, with an initial draft of the strategy going to the Integration Joint Board in early 2019.

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