When you want to be more independent, but you don't know where to turn.
The transition from childhood to adulthood is a particularly difficult time for young people with a learning disability. Often there is a lack of clear information about options, the process is rushed and young people often feel they aren’t fully included.
Through its Transitions Advocacy Project, Speak Out works with young people going through transition into adulthood to help them understand their options, to support them to speak up in meetings, to understand the process they are involved in and to build a picture of their future life so that others can help them achieve their goals.
Claire was referred to Speak Out by a partner organisation for support in helping her understand her options. Claire’s home life was very challenging, and she felt that her parents weren’t giving her the opportunity to become more independent. Through working with Speak Out, Claire was able to talk about her needs, her hopes for the future, and to understand her options. Through this work Claire felt able to speak up for herself, and has now moved into a Shared Lives scheme which supports her to be more independent and to live the life she chooses.
Help us make this transition as informative and as easy as possible so that young people with learning disabilities are able to build the future that they want.
Donate just £20 today or £1 (or more if you’d like to) for every day of Advent to help us support people with learning disabilities to have their voice heard.