Employment

We know that lots of people with Down’s syndrome who want to work, don’t have a paid job. In fact, in Scotland only around 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work compared with 74% of the general population.

In a survey last year, we asked members what needs to happen, they told us they wanted:

  • more job opportunities 
  • more support and training, such as job coaching
  • jobs and training tailored to the individual
  • Down’s Syndrome Scotland to raise awareness with government and to push for more support and encouragement for employers 

We want to partner with employers and identify opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome.

Follow our campaign to find out more about our plans.

Our 4 Big Issues

Employment

We know that lots of people with Down’s syndrome who want to work, don’t have a paid job. In fact, in Scotland only around 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work compared with 74% of the general population.

Health

We know that there is a need to address health inequalities and improve health outcomes for people with Down’s syndrome across Scotland.

Transition

We need to improve the experience of transitions for young people with Down’s syndrome. All children and young people face challenges as they move through education and into adult life but for those with Down’s syndrome there are some extra hurdles.

Community

People with Down’s syndrome tell us they want to be active members of their communities, they want to be visible, valued and included. And we know they have so much to give!