Steps to Independence

Steps to independence is an exciting transition support service that has been designed to help young autistic adults (16-17) 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 aimed at taking the first steps to independence, helping young autistic adults prepare for adulthood. Sessions will include:

  • Friendship skills
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Communication
  • Money management
  • Travel training
  • Employment support

All work is person-centered 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 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