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01Donald Stirling2014050120141218 (RS)

shares his experiences of living with a learning disability.

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English speaks to people with learning disabilities, voices we rarely hear from on BBC Radio Scotland to learn how changing policies have impacted on their lives-

Donald Stirling's life could've been very different if it hadn't been for the foresight of one doctor who questioned why Donald had been languishing in a long stay hospital for more than ten years.

Today, with a job, his own flat, a girlfriend and an MBE under his belt for services to Learning disabilities, Donald has certainly lived a full life, tune in to hear how the course of his life changed so dramatically when he was finally released from the hospital.

01Donald Stirling2014050120140504 (RS)

Donald Stirling shares his experiences of living with a learning disability.

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English speaks to people with learning disabilities, voices we rarely hear from on BBC Radio Scotland to learn how changing policies have impacted on their lives-

Donald Stirling's life could've been very different if it hadn't been for the foresight of one doctor who questioned why Donald had been languishing in a long stay hospital for more than ten years.

Today, with a job, his own flat, a girlfriend and an MBE under his belt for services to Learning disabilities, Donald has certainly lived a full life, tune in to hear how the course of his life changed so dramatically when he was finally released from the hospital.

02Bill, Anne and Lesley Learmonth20140508

02Bill, Anne And Lesley Learmonth2014050820150108 (RS)

The Learmonth family share their experiences of raising a child with Down's syndrome.

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English speaks to people with learning disabilities, voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to find out how changing policies have impacted on their lives- Today, we hear from the Learmonth family- Bill, his wife Anne and their daughter Lesley who was born with Down's syndrome. They were told days after her birth that Lesley would be severely disabled and that she wouldn't have any quality of life, and they should simply go home 'go home and love her'

Devastated, they took their baby home but vowed that their little girl would reach her full potential, whatever that maybe.

Now, Lesley works full time and lives in her own flat, quite a turnaround from the prognosis 45 years ago. But, the journey hasn't been easy and they have had to fight for Lesley every step of the way as well as protect her from intolerance and discrimination.

02Bill, Anne and Lesley Learmonth20140508

02Bill, Anne and Lesley Learmonth20140508

02Bill, Anne and Lesley Learmonth2014050820140511 (RS)

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English speaks to people with learning disabilities, voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to find out how changing policies have impacted on their lives- Today, we hear from the Learmonth family- Bill, his wife Anne and their daughter Lesley who was born with Down's syndrome. They were told days after her birth that Lesley would be severely disabled and that she wouldn't have any quality of life, and they should simply go home 'go home and love her'

Devastated, they took their baby home but vowed that their little girl would reach her full potential, whatever that maybe.

Now, Lesley works full time and lives in her own flat, quite a turnaround from the prognosis 45 years ago. But, the journey hasn't been easy and they have had to fight for Lesley every step of the way as well as protect her from intolerance and discrimination.

02Bill, Anne and Lesley Learmonth20140508

02Bill, Anne and Lesley Learmonth2014050820140509 (RS)

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English speaks to people with learning disabilities, voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to find out how changing policies have impacted on their lives- Today, we hear from the Learmonth family- Bill, his wife Anne and their daughter Lesley who was born with Down's syndrome. They were told days after her birth that Lesley would be severely disabled and that she wouldn't have any quality of life, and they should simply go home 'go home and love her'

Devastated, they took their baby home but vowed that their little girl would reach her full potential, whatever that maybe.

Now, Lesley works full time and lives in her own flat, quite a turnaround from the prognosis 45 years ago. But, the journey hasn't been easy and they have had to fight for Lesley every step of the way as well as protect her from intolerance and discrimination.

02Bill, Anne And Lesley Learmonth2014050820140509 (RS)
20140511 (RS)

The Learmonth family share their experiences of raising a child with Down's syndrome.

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English speaks to people with learning disabilities, voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to find out how changing policies have impacted on their lives- Today, we hear from the Learmonth family- Bill, his wife Anne and their daughter Lesley who was born with Down's syndrome. They were told days after her birth that Lesley would be severely disabled and that she wouldn't have any quality of life, and they should simply go home 'go home and love her'

Devastated, they took their baby home but vowed that their little girl would reach her full potential, whatever that maybe.

Now, Lesley works full time and lives in her own flat, quite a turnaround from the prognosis 45 years ago. But, the journey hasn't been easy and they have had to fight for Lesley every step of the way as well as protect her from intolerance and discrimination.

03Mandy Lauren20140515

03Mandy Lauren2014051520150115 (RS)

Mandy and her daughter, who has a learning disability, discuss education and inclusion.

03Mandy Lauren2014051520150115 (RS)

Mandy and her daughter, who has a learning disability, discuss education and inclusion.

03Mandy Lauren20140515

03Mandy Lauren2014051520150115 (RS)

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English will be speaking to people with learning disabilities; voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to hear how changing policies have impacted on their lives, everything from inclusion, education, employment, housing - all things that we take for granted but are often not available for some of our more vulnerable members of society.

Today, we hear from Mandy and her daughter Lauren who has a 'Lifelong learning Disability' which affected her schooling. It meant Mandy had to take drastic action to ensure Lauren got the support she needed just to get an education and untimely ensure a brighter future.

03Mandy Lauren2014051520150115 (RS)

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English will be speaking to people with learning disabilities; voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to hear how changing policies have impacted on their lives, everything from inclusion, education, employment, housing - all things that we take for granted but are often not available for some of our more vulnerable members of society.

Today, we hear from Mandy and her daughter Lauren who has a 'Lifelong learning Disability' which affected her schooling. It meant Mandy had to take drastic action to ensure Lauren got the support she needed just to get an education and untimely ensure a brighter future.

03Mandy Lauren2014051520140516 (RS)
20140518 (RS)

Mandy and her daughter, who has a learning disability, discuss education and inclusion.

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

Clare English will be speaking to people with learning disabilities; voices rarely heard on BBC Radio Scotland to hear how changing policies have impacted on their lives, everything from inclusion, education, employment, housing - all things that we take for granted but are often not available for some of our more vulnerable members of society.

Today, we hear from Mandy and her daughter Lauren who has a 'Lifelong learning Disability' which affected her schooling. It meant Mandy had to take drastic action to ensure Lauren got the support she needed just to get an education and untimely ensure a brighter future.

04Paul and Pam McCann20140522

04Paul And Pam Mccann20140522
04Paul and Pam McCann20140522

04Paul and Pam McCann20140522

04Paul And Pam Mccann2014052220150122 (RS)

Paul and Pam McCann, a couple with learning disabilities, discuss love and children.

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

It's quite normal and reasonable to assume that two people who are in love and choose to live together would want to get married, but what happens if one or both have learning disabilities? That simple human right isn't always a given. And where do you stand on the idea of a learning disabled couple having children? Clare English visits Paul and Pam in their Helensburgh home to hear how they faced years of resistance to their relationship. And what they think about love, marriage and having children.

04Paul and Pam McCann20140522

04Paul and Pam McCann20140522

04Paul and Pam McCann2014052220140525 (RS)

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

It's quite normal and reasonable to assume that two people who are in love and choose to live together would want to get married, but what happens if one or both have learning disabilities? That simple human right isn't always a given. And where do you stand on the idea of a learning disabled couple having children? Clare English visits Paul and Pam in their Helensburgh home to hear how they faced years of resistance to their relationship. And what they think about love, marriage and having children.

04Paul And Pam Mccann20140522

This year the Scottish Charity 'Enable Scotland' Celebrates its 60th Year, they have been actively campaigning for a better life for Children and adults who have learning disabilities, supporting them to live, work, and take part in their communities - basically trying to help them to reach their highest potential, whatever that may be.

It's quite normal and reasonable to assume that two people who are in love and choose to live together would want to get married, but what happens if one or both have learning disabilities? That simple human right isn't always a given. And where do you stand on the idea of a learning disabled couple having children? Clare English visits Paul and Pam in their Helensburgh home to hear how they faced years of resistance to their relationship. And what they think about love, marriage and having children.