Cerebra, a national charity for children with neurological conditions, has published a guide specifically for practitioners on the transition to adulthood of young people with disabilities.
Entering into adulthood is a very significant time for all young people and their parents but it can be a particularly stressful time for young people who have disabilities and/or special educational needs. This is because they will need to move from services and supports that focus on children and their families to those addressing the needs of adults. This process of transition may be difficult due to a range of factors such as the numbers of agencies and professionals involved and the different approaches between those working in services for children and those working in adult services.
The guide focuses on young people aged between 16 and 25, explaining the legal and policy frameworks for England and Wales that are relevant to areas in which these young people are likely to need support and advice. Its purpose is to help practitioners understand the relevant law and policy so that they can guide young disabled people through the transition into adulthood. The comprehensive guide gives advice to practitioners on a range of topics including an overview of the legal and policy context, education, social care, health, housing, employment and money.
Cerebra will publish a similar transitions guide for parents in summer 2013 and is planning a series of seminars for parents and practitioners.
The guide can be downloaded from Cerebra’s website at www.cerebra.org.uk. Other guides published by Cerebra include including a series of Disabled Children Parents’ Guides on Education, Money Matters, Social Care, Housing and Health, as well as a guide to claiming DLA and Autism and Internet Safety. To view the full range of publications and services that Cerebra provides visit www.cerebra.org.uk.