Managing the transition to adulthood

Doing it your way

A young man standing beside a life size self portraitThere are many things to deal with if you are a young person between the ages of 14 to 25 with multi-sensory impairments. Like everyone, you want to have fun and try new things – but there’s a lot to think about and important decisions to make.

We want to help you with this. We know that as a teenager or young adult you want to be yourself, become more independent and follow your dreams.

The move from being a child at school to taking your place in the adult world is often called 'the transition process'. There is a lot to think about: 'Where will I live?' 'Do I want to continue learning?' 'Do I want to work?' 'What would I be good at?'

Watch a video of Pippa talking about the support she receives, and her hopes for the future:

Watch other videos filmed at Sense weekend for young people which focused on transition.

Getting a result

In April 2013, Sense received funding from the Department for Education, to undertake a two year project, as part of the VCS National Prospectus Grants Programme, which focuses on improving outcomes for children, young people and families.

The aim of the project was to develop good practice materials to support young people with multi-sensory impairment (MSI) to make the transition to adult life. In addition, the project was able to respond to recent legislative changes planned in the Children & Families Act.

By building on Sense Children’s Specialist Services’ existing work with young people from 14-19 to include those between 20 and 25, the project reached a wider age range of young people in an innovative way. Two groups of young people with MSI were recruited from two different areas of the country – one city (West Midlands) and one more rural (East of England). They were supported by a specialist project team to explore issues related to adulthood and their own personal circumstances, both as a group and individually.

The ideas and comments of the young people informed a group of interested family members and professionals from education, health and social care. Their focus was on planning and service delivery for young people with MSI.

Getting a Result information pack coverThrough this work, the team was able to produce a series of tools. These include:

It is hoped that these tools will also provide inspiration and examples of best practice to those supporting young people with MSI who are preparing for adulthood.

The Project Team will shortly be publishing a series of personal stories and a project review report to share their learning and findings.

Getting a Result resources

First published: Wednesday 8 January 2014
Updated: Monday 10 July 2017