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Disability Roadshow kicks off this week at Braehead

Braehead Shopping Centre hosts the first week of this year’s Disability Roadshow, which runs Monday 21st to Sunday 27th May from 10am – 8pm, and 6.30pm on Sunday . Do you have questions about healthcare but don’t know who to ask? On hand are professionals from Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Breathing Space, NHS Inform, Alzheimer Scotland and Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living . As well as providing information leaflets and free advice, the organisers will also be showing a number of informative, short films about healthcare and disability issues.

Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability’s film is made up entirely of their staff – management, admin team and employees who have a disability, highlighting daily issues faced within the community, including important letters, struggling with telephone banking, and confusing bus stop timetables.

A few the film’s stars will be on site all week from 11am – 2.30pm to talk about the message behind the film, what it means to the general public, the disability community and how making small changes to how information is communicated can make a big difference to those with a learning disability.

The advert highlights some situations that people with learning disabilities can face in their everyday lives. It also looks at how, with the right support and attitude of others, some of these barriers can be tackled. This is just one of many projects that SCLD is working on to create awareness in the run up to Learning Disability Week 18th – 24th June.

SAMH’s film is narrated by one of their patrons, Ruby Wax, whose own battle with mental health issues has led to her quest, along with Channel 4, for people who have been independently thinking about talking openly about their illness to colleagues and bosses for the first time, and who might want to feature in a documentary with her, looking at the stigma that surrounds mental health problems. It is a very challenging and important film and all involved hope it will go some way into breaking the stigma of mental health and the workplace in theUK.

Next week the Roadshow moves to Buchanan Galleries,Edinburgh, with the last week running in Learning Disability Week in Thistles Shopping Centre,Stirling. If you are interested to learn more about how health care professionals and organisations support the public, or if you or someone you know are affected by issues these valued organisations support and work to improve, then the Roadshow is the place to meet and greet those who influence change, and support a better healthcare system.