The keys to life

The keys to life is Scotland’s learning disability strategy. It is a long term strategy based on a commitment to human rights for people with learning disabilities. Launched in 2013, it builds on the success of ‘The same as you?’, the previous strategy which was published in 2000 following a review of services for people with learning disabilities.The strategy was developed by the Scottish Government with COSLA and a wide range of statutory and third sector partners together with people with learning disabilities and carers.

The keys to life has a strong focus of tackling the significant health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and includes many other measures to improve the quality of their lives. The principles of choice, control and independence for people with learning disabilities are central to the strategy.

The Scottish Government has developed an implementation framework for The keys to life. The framework has four strategic outcomes which relate to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities:

  • A Healthy Life: People with learning disabilities enjoy the highest attainable standard of living, health and family life
  • Choice and Control: People with learning disabilities are treated with dignity and respect, and protected from neglect, exploitation and abuse
  • Independence: People with learning disabilities are able to live independently in the community with equal access to all aspects of society
  • Active Citizenship: People with learning disabilities are able to participate in all aspects of community and society

You can find out which projects have been funded to support the delivery of the framework here:

The Keys to Life Development Fund

The keys to life website

Visit the website

You can request free hard copies of the following documents by contacting SCLD on 0141 559 5720 or at


Strategy – Easy Read

 Implementation Framework and Priorities 2015-17

 Implementation Framework and Priorities 2015-17 – Easy Read