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Preparing for Adult Life

The support that you will receive as a young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities should help you to make decisions and develop your skills and qualifications. 

Under the new law, if you have an EHCP you will have greater say in the support you receive and this should help you to achieve your aspirations such as going to university or to work.

When you are thinking about post-16 options, you may want to consider the following:

  • Education - what do you want to learn
  • Preparing for and getting work - what job or apprenticeship would you like, what needs to happen to get you ready for work
  • What do you want to be doing with your time
  • Where will you live

You'll be involved in putting together a plan for your future. You'll be invited to visit places that you may be interested in joining, and given lots of information about what's available. It's important that you attend the visits and gather information so you can make an informed decision. Teachers, parents, Connexions staff, social workers and many others will give you the advice and guidance you need to help you become as independent as possible and get the help you need.

In July 2021, NDTi launched a three-year programme to support young people with additional needs aged 16-25 years across England with confidence building and motivation for the future. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund this programme is specifically designed to reach young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future post COVID-19. 

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