Young people with special needs preparing for adulthood
As a young person you will go through a number of stages as you grow and develop. One of the most important is your move – or transition – from childhood into adulthood.
This can be an exciting time, but also sometimes worrying – even more so if you have special educational needs or a disability. It can affect both you and your family.
Many things can change for you during transition, such as your:
- finance and benefits
- home environment
- health and medical needs
- social care needs
It is important to plan well for all these changes so that you and those around you can feel more confident.
Our transition service makes sure that – as a young person aged 14 to 25 with special educational needs or a disability – you have the support and guidance you need to help you plan for the future. This includes helping you to:
- access, education, training and employment
- live as independently as possible
- access leisure and free-time facilities
Specialist care services are free of charge up to your 18th birthday. Once you are over 18 years-old, you may have to pay towards using some services.
You will have a financial and benefits assessment and be told the likely costs before being asked to pay. The assessment will look at your income, savings and other payments you have to make.