Scottish Economy

The impact of Covid-19 on human rights and digital exclusion for people with learning disabilities

This podcast is part of a programme of work being taken forward by the Fraser of Allander Institute looking at support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. Our first report, published last month highlighted that, often, the voices of people with learning disabilities are not heard. The Coronavirus crisis has brought many of these issue to the fore, making their voices more important than ever.

In this podcast, we hear directly from Maggie and Keith from PeopleFirst who tell us the impact of some of the decisions taken and where support for people with learning disabilities has fallen short.

We also hear from Rob from the Fraser of Allander Institute who tells us what to expect from our programme of work going forward, and how to get in touch.


Chair: Emma Congreve, Fraser of Allander Institute

Guests: Maggie and Keith, Directors at PeopleFirst & Rob Watts, Research Associate at the Fraser of Allander Institute


(01:40) Human rights and coronavirus

(05:12) Digital exclusion and response to the Connecting Scotland initiative

(09:38) Other issues that are of concern to PeopleFirst

(10:48) Info on the Fraser of Allander’s future work


The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) is a leading economy research institute based in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.