The Scottish Government has now published the new learning disability strategy in Scotland, following on from, and building on the principles and successes of The same as you?, the original review of service for people with a learning disability, published in 2000.
The same as you?, published in 2000, was the original 10 year programme designed to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. It was highly successful in shifting the balance of care to support more people to live in the community. It also led to the closure of over 1000 long-stay beds, improved day opportunities, created employment and meaningful day activity and better protection from harm.
In 2010, a two-year evaluation, involving the detailed participation from people with learning disabilities and their carers, began to assess what progress had been made and what needed to be achieved. From these findings, key themes were decided and debated by a national Learning Disability Strategy group who discussed key themes and agreed broader responses which have formed The keys to life.
The emphasis on this 10-year strategy is health. There are over 50 recommendations, the majority of which are aimed at health. One is solely for local authorities and rest involve varying degrees of participation working with other agencies.
Download your copy of the new learning disability strategy, also available in the Easy Read format, from the Scottish Government.