Steps to Independence

Steps to independence is an exciting transition support service that has been designed to help young autistic adults (16-25) and their families to navigate the confusing world of adulthood.

Autism Hertfordshire’s steps to independence program will be offering a variety of workshops, skills development courses online aimed at taking the first steps to independence, helping young autistic adults prepare for adulthood. Sessions will include:

  • Being Assertive
  • Being Kind to Yourself
  • Organisational Skills
  • Managing social media
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries


All work is person-centred and is led by the young person and their family in developing their support plan, enabling them to achieve their aspirations and be part of their community.

In addition to this, the young person will be given the opportunity to access a bi-weekly evening online or in person social group.

The Steps to independence team will be hosting monthly drop-in sessions helping parents/carers better understand what support is available when transitioning into adulthood, topics that will be covered:

  • Social Care needs assessment
  • Support with Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Post 16 Education options for those with and without an EHCP
  • Wellbeing and Health advice
  • Supporting your adult child
  • Preparing for college and University
  • Benefits
  • Moving into Employment


In addition to this we run sessions during the school holidays. These are in person and are aimed at building up skills in:


  • Budgeting
  • Travel training
  • Wellbeing
  • Communication


We also include the fun activities like:

  • Mini Golf
  • Picnics
  • Bowling
  • Meals out