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Welcome to our transition to adulthood resource page. Transition is a period of significant change and for that reason presents particular challenges for autistic young people. A good transition requires careful planning with a multi-agency approach supported by skilled people to enable children and young people to communicate their needs and aspirations. Here you will find free downloads of resources that may be useful for you and your family to support the transition to adulthood.

These resources were developed by The GMAC Transition Implementation group.

If you have any questions about any of the resources then use our contact us section and one of our team will be happy to help you.

The Preparing autistic young people for adulthood in Greater Manchester – Transition Checklist

This is a checklist tool which can be used by:

  • Autistic children and young people aged 12-25 and their parents/carers

  • Primarily for children and young people who have a diagnosis of autism, but do not have an EHC plan 

  • An additional tool for autistic children and young people who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHC)

  • Professionals supporting autistic children and young people through periods of transition

The checklist includes sections on the following:

  • The views of the young person

  • A checklist for staff autism training

  • Independent living

  • Friends, relationships and community

  • Good health

  • Useful links and resources

Download a guide to using the tool here. This guide should be used in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Transition Checklist.

Download the Checklist to support Transition here

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Growing up in Greater Manchester – A guide for young people and their supporters

This guide aims to think about different areas of life, but with a particular focus on those tasks or skills that some autistic young people may find particularly hard, or need explicit teaching rather than picking up in a more natural way.

The guide is aimed towards young people in mainstream settings, so depending on your young persons needs you may find the levels aren’t appropriate for them. In special schools however, there is likely to be more focus on life skills teaching at this age. This tool can be used for a young person with a learning disability by adapting some of the levels to their needs. Contact us if you would like support or advice on this.

Young people with Education Health Care Plans should have transition reviews from Year 9 at their annual review meetings, and these should follow the themes in these resources, so you can use them as a tool for these reviews.

The Growing up in Greater Manchester resource covers 6 areas which mirror the Keys to Citizenship; Getting around, money, home, hobbies, interests and social life and education and training. For each area there is information on:

  • Main things to think about

  • Top tips

  • Skills checklists, these are broken gown into 3 levels bronze, sliver and gold. The terms ‘bronze, silver and gold’ are simply a guide and you can use whatever wording works best for your young person. You may change them to level ''1,2 and 3'' for example, or not label them at all if the young person would feel self-conscious. It is a flexible tool that can be adapted to your young persons needs.

  • Resources and useful links

You can download this resource for free by clicking on the links below:

Want to know more about transition to adulthood? Why not attend one of our parent seminars on the topic of  Transition. Head over to our events page to book a place, or contact us to find out more.