Young adults with communication and sensory needs can be highly capable, and very mis-understood. Communicating with officials from education to employers, housing to health may be complicated by people just not realising how disabling these difficulties really are.
Legal independence at 18 can also mean that officials, aiming to respect independent decision making, refuse to involve parents who have been key in young people's lives. This can be troubling for all concerned.
Setting up Powers of Attorney can provide the pathway for chosen people to support young adults with communication needs in their decision making around education, finance, health and welfare. This is particularly important now that support towards independence is available from 19 to 25 if a young person is granted an Education, Health and Care Plan.
In 2015 Action-attainment worked with Sinclairslaw to provide information for families interested in Powers of Attorney. Other parent workshops to support transition to adulthood have included Golden Lane Housing describing how to set up independent living and a multi-disciplinary team from Richmond and Kingston describing services to support young adults into work.
Setting up Supported Living: was held on 10th March 2015. The third event in the Getting A Life series for parents of young people with communication needs. The workshop with Golden Lane Housing and Karl Burgess, Transition Manager for LB Richmond, identified how young people can use their personal budgets, share costs for supported living, and group together to live in accommodation in places of their choice.