National deafblind charity, Sense, has launched new information and good practice materials to support young people who are deafblind or multi-sensory impaired (MSI) to make the transition to adult life.
The ‘Getting a Result’ resources have been developed following a two year project funded by the Department for Education as part of the VCS National Prospectus Grants Programme.
Materials include the Getting a Result Information Pack written for young people, parents, carers and professionals. The pack is designed to guide young people from age 14 to 25 who are deafblind or have MSI through the transition from school or college to adulthood and the world beyond.
- A selection of person-centred planning tools designed to assist young people in thinking about and planning their future
- A number of factsheets covering areas including: education, health and care plans and other changes in special educational needs and disabilities, legislation around the transition to adulthood, transition and welfare benefits, living arrangements, employment and NHS continuing healthcare
- A service evaluation tool aimed to help providers, including General Colleges of Further Education (GFEs), Independent Specialist Providers (ISPs), work-based learning providers and adult and community providers, to understand and identify key practice issues.
Commenting on the project, Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO at Sense said: “Teenage years are recognised as being challenging for everyone, however, for young people with disabilities moving into adult life can be even more complex. This is because a successful transition is not just about a young person finding their place in society as they grow up, but also about the type and quality of the additional services they require to support them to learn and live happily as adults.
“Many young people who are deafblind receive a wide range of services during childhood. For those with the most complex needs, moving from the familiar children’s health, social and education services to the adult equivalent has always been a challenge. We hope our information pack helps to make the transition a little easier for both people who are deafblind and can be also used to support other disabled young adults.”
Sense is a national charity that has supported and campaigned for children and adults who are deafblind for over 50 years. There are currently around 250, 000 deafblind people in the UK. www.sense.org.uk