Afasic - planing for life after 16

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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, 1,809 hits)

Education - colleges (455.0 KiB, 1,515 hits)

Education - special needs support in colleges (455.5 KiB, 1,623 hits)

Education - disability discrimination (440.1 KiB, 1,359 hits)

Education - sources of further information (665.6 KiB, 1,356 hits)

Education - schools (756.1 KiB, 1,367 hits)

Education - making the school SEN system work for you (671.8 KiB, 1,516 hits)

Education - higher education (658.0 KiB, 1,404 hits)

Higher Education - the Disabled Students' Allowance (298.7 KiB, 1,443 hits)

Higher Education - sources of further information (694.8 KiB, 1,501 hits)

The transition process (548.8 KiB, 1,445 hits)

Social Services (300.5 KiB, 1,277 hits)

Social Services - sources of further information (342.2 KiB, 1,332 hits)

Social Services - Community Care Assessments (301.0 KiB, 1,329 hits)

Social Services - Carers' Assessments (594.4 KiB, 1,639 hits)

Housing - General Information (348.4 KiB, 1,375 hits)

Supported Housing (524.8 KiB, 1,268 hits)

Making Friends and Maintaining Friendships (589.5 KiB, 1,907 hits)

Social and Leisure Activities - general guidance (471.8 KiB, 1,690 hits)

Social and leisure activities- listings and links (369.2 KiB, 1,783 hits)

Personal Safety (287.4 KiB, 1,923 hits)

Internet Safety (553.3 KiB, 1,827 hits)

Travelling by public transport (784.8 KiB, 1,622 hits)

Driving (193.2 KiB, 2,405 hits)

Sex and relationships (258.2 KiB, 1,707 hits)