The ‘Moving into Adulthood and Getting a Life’ series of guides.
The ‘Moving into Adulthood and Getting a Life’ series of guides are written by and for families of young people with learning disabilities. However, some of the information contained in them may also be helpful for families of other disabled young people or those who have additional or special educational needs.
Each guide covers the many issues that families have to think and know about during the stage when their child is preparing for adulthood. This stage is often referred to by services as ‘Transition’.
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- Getting started: Starting point. 10 top tips, ‘Jargon buster’. An introduction to person centred thinking, planning and approaches. The start of the preparing for adulthood stage. The Year 9 Review. Person centred thinking tools.
- Education Matters: Further education – Staying on at school or going to college. Residential colleges. Adult education and lifelong learning.
- Money Matters: Benefit changes at 16. Managing money. Court of Protection.
- Social care matters: Personalisation, choice and control. Personal budgets. ‘Just enough support’.
- Finding the right support: In this guide we will look at how to find good support. This could be full time, living away from the family home, in their own home with support provided from a support provider. It could mean a certain amount of time a week, (depending on their assessed needs and personal budget allocation) living with you, with staff provided by a support provider (sometimes called outreach) or you may chose to employ your own staff. These are usually called Personal Assistants or PA’s for short. Whatever you decide with your son or daughter the following information should be useful…
Including, things to think about and questions to ask under the following headings:
1. What support are you looking for?
2. Finding support providers
3. Checking out support providers
4. Employing your own staff
5. Keeping safe
- Becoming an adult: The Mental Capacity Act. Supported decision making.
- Health Matters: Staying healthy and safe. Health action plans. Personal Health Budgets.
- Social Life, Having Fun, Friends and Relationships: Friends are really important to all of us and going out, having a social life and having fun is just as important for young people with learning disabilities. The difference for our children, as they get older, is that they often still need our support and the support of others to maintain friendships and make new friends. Research has shown that far too many adults with learning disabilities are lonely and far too many only have paid staff for company.
In this guide we look at the things you can do to ensure that your son or daughter stays in touch with the people who are important to them in their lives and make new friends. We will look at some of the issues around sex education, relationships and keeping people safe too. In the last chapter we will look at Circles of Support and how friends and family can work together to support people to live the lives they wish
- Finding a job: Work experience. Volunteering. Supported Employment.
- Finding somewhere to live: Independent living. Supported living.
Filling in the ‘All About Me’ section in an Education Health & Care Plan:
- A guide for parents.