Disability support – from childhood to adulthood

When a child with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is approaching the age of 14, they begin the process of Transition: moving into adulthood.

The transition from school to adulthood is a time of celebration, change and challenge for young people. For many disabled young people and their families and carers, however, this transition can be very complex and difficult.

Supporting disabled young people during this process can also be a challenge to service providers as well for a range of reasons:

  • The needs and aspirations of each young person can vary from individual to individual
  • The process is spread over a number of years
  • The services providing support and the legal framework governing that support change as the young person becomes an adult

The resources listed below are designed to support practitioners working with young people and their families during this period of change. These are currently being reviewed and updated, in the meantime they should prove a helpful reference source:

Disability support – from childhood to adulthood was last updated on March 8, 2017.


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