Young people leaving school, going to college, getting a job …. These are sources of anxiety to any parent, but even more so when a young person has Down’s syndrome and will need support in adult life. We were therefore delighted when the South Manchester Down’s Syndrome Support Group asked the DSA to deliver our Transition Workshop: ‘Young people with Down’s syndrome – moving to adult life’ as part of their training programme.
Lesley Black and Charlotte Knowles, DSA Information Officers, presented a very full programme. The day started by encouraging participants to share the aspirations that they and their young people have for the future. These were very much the same as for any families with teenagers, but there were some real concerns about lack of services for adults.
Following the group discussion, Lesley and Charlotte shared information and advice for planning ahead, as well as highlighting the main trigger points when decisions may need to be made. Charlotte explained how the Mental Capacity Act can ensure that adults with Down’s syndrome are at the heart of decision making. Further presentations provided an overview of education rights and options for the 14-25 year age group and practical advice for getting the best from social care assessments.
It was a very productive and interesting day for all concerned. Thanks to South Manchester Down’s Syndrome Support Group for arranging everything (and to the Edge Theatre Café in Chorlton for an amazing lunch!)
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