Transition Advice

Transition is about growing up and becoming an adult- an exciting, but challenging time. There are so many changes and choices that need to be considered. For young people with special educational and additional needs and their parents/carers, we understand that it can also be an anxious time.

The best way to ensure a smooth and positive transition and to receive the right support you need to have the right information and be prepared for the journey.

These pages offer advice and information about the transition process and how to make successful plans for the future.

Education Resources

Information Guides

The association of national specialist colleges:

About ASDAN Qualifications:


Health Resources

Information Guides


Easy read guide about Coronavirus and how to keep yourself safe


Easy read guide about shielding the vulnerable from coronavirus

COBID 19 Easy_read_guidance_on_shielding_March_2020

Easy read guide from Mencap

Mencap Easy Read information Coronavirus

People with a learning disability

You may be finding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak stressful. You may be worried about changes that might happen because of it, including having to stay at home. You may also be worried about your family or those close to you.
Public Health England has easy read guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect you. (see link above) There is also other information available about coronavirus (COVID-19) from Mencap and how to manage difficult feelings you are having.



There are ways you can take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus:
• as you are asked to now stay at home you should keep in touch with people you trust (like friends, family and employer) over the phone or internet – follow the advice from the stay at home and social distancing guidance
• there may also be self-advocacy groups in your area offering more support online or by phone – you can ask your families or carers for help to search for these groups
• it is also important to get information about coronavirus (COVID-19) only from places you can trust, such as the NHS website

While it is important to be aware of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important not to forget about any other health conditions you might have. Make sure you take any medication you have been prescribed, keep any hospital appointments you have (unless you have been told otherwise by the hospital) and tell people if you can’t attend appointments.

Autistic people

You may be finding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak stressful and be worried about getting the virus or changes that might happen because of it, including having to stay at home. There are ways you can take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus.
Managing difficult feelings or behaviours to do with hygiene, washing or fears of infection
Some mental health problems can cause difficult feelings or behaviours to do with washing or hygiene. If you experience this, you might find it hard to hear advice about washing your hands.
It is important to follow government advice on helping to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), but if you find you are going beyond the recommendations, if this is making you feel stressed or anxious, or if you are having intrusive thoughts here are some things you could try:
• don’t keep re-reading the same advice if this is unhelpful for you
• let other people know you’re struggling, for example you could ask them not to discuss the news with you
• breathing exercises can help you cope and feel more in control. You can find a simple breathing exercise on the NHS website and Mind’s pages on relaxation have some relaxation tips and exercises you can try
• set limits, like washing your hands for the recommended 20 seconds
• plan something to do after washing your hands, which could help distract you and change your focus
• it could also help to read some of Mind’s tips in their information on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

The National Autistic Society have a number of resources that you may find useful




Personalisation for people with mental health problems – SCIE:


Mental Capacity Act:

Protect your mental health – 5 ways to wellbeing from In Control + Mencap


Care Resources

Information Guides

Self Directed Support

In Control and Mencap have developed a series of fact sheets with accessible information for everyone who wants to direct their own support.  These are available on:

Additional Downloads include;

How to make a support plan:

01. Introduction to self-directed support  

This fact sheet tells you what self-directed support is and how it works. It gives links to other fact sheets and resources.

02. Where do I start?

This fact sheet tells you how you can get started with self-directed support. It gives links to other fact sheets and resources with more detailed information.

03. My money, self-assessment  

This fact sheet tells you about self-assessment and resource allocation. You start by filling out a form – often called a ‘self-assessment form’.

04. What if I disagree?  

When you’ve done your self-assessment form and the local authority has given you an ‘indicative’ budget (an amount that may still change), you make a support plan. This fact sheet tells you what you can do if you don’t think you agree with the amount in your resource allocation.

05. How to make a support plan 

You are ready to write your support plan when your local authority has given you an idea of how much your personal budget is. This fact sheet tells you how to make a support plan and what you need to put in it.

06. Support brokers

Some people can plan and organise their own support without any help. Others want help from ‘support brokers’. This fact sheet tells you about what support brokerage is and who you might choose as a support broker.

07. Getting my plan agreed  – 

08. Organising my money  

09. Organising support  

10. Thinking outside the box  – 

11. Living the life you want  – 

12. Seeing how it worked-review  

13. Personal budgets, individual budgets and direct payments  – 

14. Criminal Records Bureau CRB Checks  

15. Transport – getting out and about  – 

16. Managing risks and safeguarding  – 

17. Stuff or staff – equipment and technology  

18. Housing  – 

19. Jobs  

20. History of the social care system  – 

21. shop4support  – 

22. Money – resource allocation  – 

23. Organising Support – Do It Yourself  

24. Using a support provider  

25. Opening a bank account  

26. Fair Access to Care  

27. Disabled Facilities Grants  

28. Personal Health Budgets  – 

29. Postural care  – 

30. Short breaks  – 

31. Community equipment  – 

32. Reablement  

33. Wills and Trusts  

34. Person centred planning  

35. Personal Budgets and older people  – 

36. Mental health and self-directed support  

37. Micro enterprises  

38. Friendship and relationships  

39. Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)  

40. Getting involved in your community  

41. Five ways to wellbeing  – 

42. How to give something back to your community  

43. Self-directed support and BME communities  

44. Employing your own staff  

45. The Mental Capacity Act 2005