Becoming an adult

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This guide tells you about what help there is as you become an adult.

Who this guide is for

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Young people between 14 and 25 years old, who have learning disabilities or are Autistic and have an Education Health and Care Plan.

Main points

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Making sure that everyone understands what is happening.

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Making sure that workers tell you what is happening. They also need to help you with what you have to do.

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Your worker will help you with any decisions.

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The people at the council will also help you make decisions.

Why you might need this information

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Transition is when you are between 14 and 25. It is when you start planning for life as an adult.

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You might finish school and start college or a job.

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You might move somewhere else.

What happens and when it happens

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You have a meeting with your worker to talk about your Education Health and Care Plan every year.

They will make sure you are getting the right support.

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In year 9, a worker will help you write an Approaching Adulthood Plan.

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This is when you get to think about what you want to do when you leave school. 

You may have further schooling. You may choose to study and work at the same time.

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If you have a disability and you do not live with your parents, you may already have a Pathway Plan.

The Pathway Plan makes sure you get support until you are 25.

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If you need more help you can have an advocate.

An advocate is a person who helps you understand what is going on.

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Everyone is treated the same.

From 14

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Your first Approaching Adulthood Plan is written.

It is looked at every year to make sure it is right.

You will have a worker.

From 14 to 16

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An assessment will be done if you have a disability but do not live with your parents.

The assessment will look at what you need.

From 16

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The assessment of your needs is finished. If you are not living with your parents, the assessment will be in your Pathway Plan.

Your worker will share your information with Adult Social Care. You will still get all the help you need.

From 18

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Your information is given to Adult Social Care.

For more information email the Approaching Adulthood Team: 

Approaching.Adulthood@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Hard words

Transition is when you are between 14 and 25. It is when you start planning for life as an adult.

Assessment is when you talk to a worker about what you need.