Afasic - planing for life after 16

FREE fact sheets

Please note: these fact sheets contain helpful information for parents but may not be up to date in some areas due to the recent changes in SEN law.

The Planning for Life After 16 factsheets provide information for parents of young people with speech and language impairments in their teens and twenties.

This series of factsheets is designed to help you navigate a smooth path through your son or daughter’s teenage years and into adulthood.

At first glance, the outlook for young people with significant speech and language impairments can appear quite depressing. Parents are often shocked to discover that:

  • There is no exact equivalent to replace statements, which are discontinued when young people leave school, most commonly at 16.
  • There are no services specifically for adults with speech and language impairments – even local speech and language therapy services rarely cater for them.
  • There is little awareness that speech and language impairments can affect adults, or any understanding of their impact.

But all is not lost. As ever, forewarned is forearmed, and you can help your son or daughter most by finding out in good time what your options are and how to make the Transition process work for you. These factsheets will help you do that.


Education - a general introduction (643.3 KiB, 1,037 hits)

Education - colleges (455.0 KiB, 752 hits)

Education - special needs support in colleges (455.5 KiB, 778 hits)

Education - disability discrimination (440.1 KiB, 654 hits)

Education - sources of further information (665.6 KiB, 663 hits)

Education - schools (756.1 KiB, 627 hits)

Education - making the school SEN system work for you (671.8 KiB, 713 hits)

Education - higher education (658.0 KiB, 638 hits)

Higher Education - the Disabled Students' Allowance (298.7 KiB, 690 hits)

Higher Education - sources of further information (694.8 KiB, 601 hits)

The transition process (548.8 KiB, 725 hits)

The Connexions service (457.4 KiB, 802 hits)

Section 139a Assessments (433.5 KiB, 874 hits)

Social Services (300.5 KiB, 621 hits)

Social Services - sources of further information (342.2 KiB, 661 hits)

Social Services - Community Care Assessments (301.0 KiB, 628 hits)

Social Services - Carers' Assessments (594.4 KiB, 727 hits)

Housing - General Information (348.4 KiB, 607 hits)

Supported Housing (524.8 KiB, 635 hits)

Making Friends and Maintaining Friendships (589.5 KiB, 915 hits)

Social and Leisure Activities - general guidance (471.8 KiB, 894 hits)

Social and leisure activities- listings and links (369.2 KiB, 888 hits)

Personal Safety (287.4 KiB, 833 hits)

Internet Safety (553.3 KiB, 724 hits)

Travelling by public transport (784.8 KiB, 807 hits)

Driving (193.2 KiB, 1,605 hits)

Sex and relationships (258.2 KiB, 725 hits)