Apr 21, 2024

We believe in the right of people with a learning disability, autism and other support needs to co-produce plans for change in their lives and be supported through this change.

A report by QUB identified a number of barriers to effective transitions for young adults with a learning disability living in care.

Barriers included

  • self-confidence and social engagement skills negatively impacting the ability to form and maintain peer relationships
  • challenging behaviours towards peers further complicating social interactions
  • lacking independence and access to transport and
  • access to mainstream social and leisure activities[1].

[1] Kelly B, McShane T, Davidson G, Pinkerton J, Gilligan E & Webb Paul, You Only Leave Once? Transitions and Outcomes for Care Leavers with Mental Health and/or Intellectual Disabilities, Belfast QUB, (2016).







Don’t Box Me In: Disability, Identity and Transitions to Young Adult Life 749kb
QUB, 2013
Transition Planning for Young People with Learning Disabilities in Great Britain 648kb
NI Assembly, 2014
You Only Live Once: Transitions and outcomes for care leavers with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities: 599kb
QUB, 2016
Providing Supports to People with a Learning Disability Transitioning into Older Age 558kb
NI Assembly, 2016
Principles of Good Transitions 31627kb
ARC Scotland, 2017
Person Centred Planning Toolkit 1205kb
ASDAN, 2020

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