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28 Aug 2015
Glasgow Health and Social Care Integration Event

The Scottish Government has published its priorities for the next couple of years in the Keys to Life.  They say that they can't do everything so best to focus on 4 things that they can do really well.   

This document outlines the implementation framework for delivering The Keys to Life ~ Scotland’s Learning Disability Strategy. It sets out our vision, expected outcomes and highlights key themes to focus delivery during 2015/17.

 This approach has been welcomed by lots of important groups but some others have said to us that it misses out important priorities about having enough money to live on and getting the right support. The Scottish Government says it reflects the key messages they have had from people with learning disabilities, particularly the 14 members of the expert group of people who have learning disabilities about what is most important to them in implementing The Keys to Life recommendations.

The goal that the Scottish Government have picked to start with are:

First is a having A Healthy Life.

Lots of things make us healthy. Eating good food, taking exercise, having a good place to stay and friends and family all help us to be healthy.

Three things that they will do to help with this are 

1. Make sure that information about people with learning disabilities is collected.

2. Support more physical health projects that work well.

3. Do more work to help parents with a learning disability.

Second is having Choice and control.

Many people with learning disabilities have told us that they don’t always get treated well.  They can be hurt. We want to make sure people with learning disabilities are treated with respect.   We want to make sure people with learning disabilities are not forgotten or hurt or abused.   We want to make sure people with learning disabilities are not treated in an unkind way.

Things they will do to help in this area are 

1. Do more work to stop Hate Crime.

2. Make sure information is collected about people with learning disabilities who have suffered Hate Crime.

3. Do more work to stop bullying.

4. Work with advocacy partners to make sure the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard.

Third is Independence.

Lots of people with learning disabilities have told us that it is hard to go places and do the same things as other people.   It can be difficult to understand information.

Transport to places can be difficult.  More training is needed to help support people with learning disabilities. We want to make sure people with learning disabilities can access the things they want to.

Things they will do to help in this area are 

1. Work with partners in transport to improve accessible transport.

2. More training for health and social care staff to help them develop their skills.

3. Support access to music, drama, dance and art for people with learning disabilities.

4. Give support to plans for people with complex needs who live far away.

5. Work to support the personal outcomes of people with learning disabilities.

Fourth is being an active citizen.   

Being able to take part in life is really important for everyone.  People with learning disabilities sometimes can’t take part. For example, getting a job can be hard or finding friends isn’t always easy.

Moving from one thing to another can be tough, like leaving school and going to college.  We want to make sure people with learning disabilities can take part in everything they want to.

Things they will do to help in this area are:

1. Help to find more jobs for people with learning disabilities.

2. Support new ideas to help people with learning disabilities connect with people in their community.

3. Look at the strengths of individuals with learning disabilities. We will look to see what makes people strong and what works for them. This includes Local Area Co-ordination and day opportunities.