Opportunities for young people with additional needs
What are my options?
If you have a disability you still have the same choices as everyone else, but there is additional support available. Do look at the Choices at 16+ page for more information.
The Local Offer
To see what support and provision is available, and search for services for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, have a look at the Suffolk Local Offer website.
The guide below provide information, advice and guidance on the provision available for 16+ young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
So if you have been receiving SEN support at school or have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, the guide explains about the types of support available, learning routes and qualification levels, and funding options.
- Suffolk SEND 16+ Transitions Guide - this guide is written for local young people and their parents/carers about how to prepare for, and the support available for making a transition. This could be a transition in education and training, health services, into adult social care services or being supported in the community.
Would you like to get involved in changing services for young people with a disability?
There are groups of young people with a disability coming together to talk about their experiences of using services.
This is called the SEND Young Person's Network - SEND means special educational needs and disabilities.
When they meet up and get to know each other, they also talk about what could be changed and made better.
So if this sounds interesting and you would like the chance to give your feedback, take a look at our SEND Young Person's Network page and find how to get involved.
Sources of information and support
- National Careers Service - information on website, but young people can also contact via text, phone and email
- Access Unlimited – information for children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers about short breaks and respite services
- Mencap Employment Services - Service offering young people with SEND 16-24 support, work opportunities and training before and during employment or placement.
- Suffolk Parent Carer Network - aim to be a voice to inform service providers of the needs of disabled children, young people and their families.
Need more help?
Suffolk SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) is a confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
It is free, easy to access and confidential. We can help children, parents and young people take part in decisions that affect their lives.