Making Online Security Messaging Accessible

24th March 2021 Lead Scotland is proud to be working with a range of partners commissioning and developing new alternative formats of online safety and security messaging for people who might find current messaging inaccessible. The new formats will include text formats, braille, British Sign Language, captioned video, community languages and easy read formats. Accessible […]

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Posted: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Accessibility Webinars for Employers

Only about 45% of disabled adults are employed. The Disability Employment Gap Public Social Partnership aims to work with employers to convey the benefits of employing disabled people and increasing employers’ confidence, awareness and capacity to do so. As part of this, Lead Scotland is holding 10 free webinars about online accessibility for employers. Each […]

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Posted: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Online Safety Booklet- Easy Read

March 2021 As part of our recent cyber security activities, including our webinars, we’ve produced an Easy Read booklet to help people stay safe online. The booklet gives information about creating and remembering strong passwords, identifying email and website scams and what to do in the event of a cyber attack. What is Easy Read? […]

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Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Everyday Computer Skills: new course with the Open University

We are very pleased to announce that the free course Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility is now live and ready for learners to sign up! The course has been designed with and for disabled learners, through Lead Scotland in partnership with The Open University in Scotland (OUiS), […]

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Posted: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Post School Learning Options and Support – Webinar

We recently took part in the Scottish Transitions Forum’s series of webinars for parents and carers of young people with additional support needs who are leaving or have just left school. Rebecca Scarlett, our Senior Information and Policy Officer, led a webinar that looked at post school learning options and support. Check out a recording […]

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Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Helpful links during the COVID-19 pandemic

We know this is a very difficult time for everyone right now, however elderly and disabled people and unpaid carers are at particularly high risk of not having their practical and emotional needs met during the coronavirus crisis. We have therefore collated a list of helpful contacts for you below, from national helplines to local […]

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Posted: Friday, April 10th, 2020

Free Online Learning options during the Coronavirus

Due to current NHS and Government guidance on social distancing because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have changed our usual face-to-face learning and befriending services to be exclusively delivered by telephone and online platforms, such as video calling.  As a team, we’ve collected together websites, apps and information about how you can continue to […]

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Posted: Friday, March 20th, 2020

Coronavirus Update Lead Scotland Services

Last updated 05/01/2021, 10.00 am. Coronavirus carries a high risk of harm. We are continuing to deliver remote services to keep people safe. Please check back to this page for updates about future changes.  Our helpline is open as usual. Staff members are remote working by default. Staff offer support by phone, text, email, online […]

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Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2020

#CyberScotWeek2020 Blog Posts

As part of the Lead to Cyber Resilience Project, we have written 5 blog posts on different aspects of staying safe online and supporting others to be cyber resilient. Check them out below.

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Posted: Monday, February 24th, 2020

What to do in the event of a cyber attack

What is a cyber attack? A cyber attack is an assault by cybercriminals on a computer or network. This can happen to businesses or organisations, like we saw with the 2016 Myspace data breach, where millions of passwords and email addresses were stolen and sold on to criminals. As well as big companies being attacked, […]

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Posted: Monday, February 24th, 2020