Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP’s Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) Bill is now formally before the Scottish Parliament. The Bill as introduced aims to improve opportunities for disabled children and young people as they grow up. This Bill considers children to be under 18 and young people to be between 18 and 26.
Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP introduced the Bill because she thinks disabled children and young people need extra support to help them transition to adulthood. This will help them have the same opportunities as other children and young people. The Bill would require:
- the Scottish Government to have a strategy explaining how they are going to improve opportunities for disabled children and young people
- a Scottish Government minister to be in charge of improving opportunities for disabled children and young people moving into adulthood
- local authorities to have plans for each disabled child and young person as they move into adulthood
On lodging the Bill, Pam Duncan-Glancy tweeted: “Today I did something the young me never dreamt I’d have the chance to do – I *lodged a new bill*, *in my name*😬; the Disabled Children & Young Peoples Transition to Adulthood Bill🙌.If it passes, it will give young disabled people in Scotland a #FightingChance at a future.”
The Bill will now go through the usual Scottish Parliament process, including being scrutinised by committees and voted on by MSPs. This process can take around a year to complete.
To find out more about the bill CLICK HERE.