Preparation for Adulthood

Information about the support and advice you can access when you are preparing to move on from school.

The Preparing for Adulthood programme is supporting the government to help young people with SEN or disabilities succeed in education and their careers, live independently and healthily and be active members of their communities. The website contains a wealth of information, resources and best practice.


EPIC - Equality, Participation, Influencing, Change EPIC are a group of 16 disabled young people from across the country who are supported by the Council for Disabled Children to advise the Department for Education on changes to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system as part of the Children and Families Bill.

Checklist for visiting Colleges  A guide for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  Going on to College is exciting.  We want to help you choose the right College.

Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Mencap works collaboratively, fighting for equal rights, campaigning for greater opportunities and challenging attitudes and prejudice. 

Disability Rights UK We are disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

Disability Rights - Higher and Further Education Guides Disability Rights UK have a new Into Higher Education and Into Further Education guides for anyone with a health condition, learning difficulty or disability thinking about studying in higher education starting September 2017.


TIN - Transition Information Network  The Transition Information Network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who come together with a common aim: to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood. TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals.

Better Life Outcomes Preparing for Adulthood resource. This guide is aimed at everyone who works with and for disabled young people aged 14 to 25 - in local authorities, health services, schools, colleges, training providers, voluntary sector organisations and other support agencies. It aims to help local areas use the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms to support disabled young people to move into adulthood with choice and control over their lives and good life outcomes.

Help and support  to find and stay in work This guidance provides links to websites that help young disabled people find and stay in work. It is aimed at young disabled people, their parents and the professionals who work with them. 

Looking for work if you're disabled Government website for advice on looking for work and applying for a job if you are disabled.

Access to work An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you: start working, stay in work, move into self-employment or start a business.  The grant is not for business start-up costs. How much you get depends on your circumstances.  The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

WorkFit Downs Syndrome Association guidance to looking for work experience, supported apprenticeships, paid employment and volunteering.

CareTrade is multi-award winning charity providing innovative opportunities for Londoners with autism to transition from school/college towards and into employment.

Employment is everyone's business - new resources As part of the project, Employment is Everyone's Business (EEB), the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) have been working with a number of schools, colleges, young people and employers to identify ways in which professionals can work together to support young people into employment.  They have produced three new resources which you can access here.

Prince's Trust If you’re unemployed and between 16 and 25, you can meet new people, gain new skills and train on our Team programme.

How it works :Join Team, our 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. When you come on board, you’ll be challenged to:

  • Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
  • Take part in an action packed residential trip
  • Get two weeks’ work experience in something you’re interested in
  • Develop your English and Maths skills 

As part of the course, we also spend some time developing your interview and CV skills to ensure your confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step.

Not sure whether to dive right in? It’s completely free and won’t affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance.  Find out about opportunities near Sutton

CareTrade have been running The Autism Project (TAP) since 2010. TAP now offers a two-year programme to young people with autism aged 18-25. The vast majority have additional learning difficulties or disabilities and have held either an LDA or an EHCP.

The Autism Project (TAP) is also now a Special Post 16 Institution (SPI). The Autism Project was listed on The Secretary of States Section 41 List of Approved Providers on 31 August 2016.

Please find more information on the programme and an application form on our website

We have an information sheet available for parents/carers and an easy read version available on request.  If you have any questions please contact: Judith Kerem - Nominated Lead (TAP) on

Employment tips: Play to your strengths  In his blog post, Alex Squires, writes about searching for a job after leaving university. Alex takes inspiration from Stephen Hawking's advice to other disabled people, maintaining that it is best to play to your strengths as there is always something you are good at, you just need to find it.



Independent living and housing options are one of the four Preparing for Adulthood outcomes that support young people to move into adulthood with good lives. The links below offer help and advice. 

My Own Place, NDTi 

Your Place to Live 

Websites to access advice and information

Housing and Support Alliance The Housing and Support Alliance support people with learning disabilities with their housing rights.