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Delivering support and aspiration for disabled young people

Learning from pathfinder areas about how to deliver the special educational needs and disability reforms for 14-25 year olds

This guide is aimed at everyone who works with and for young disabled people1 aged 14 to 25 - in local authorities, health services, schools, colleges, training providers, voluntary sector organisations and other support agencies2. It aims to help local areas use the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms to support young disabled people to move into adulthood with choice and control over their lives and good life outcomes.

Supporting young disabled people involves a number of agencies and professionals. We have tried to make this guide relevant to all these groups. Local authorities and their health partners will usually be leading the SEND reforms, but to be successful they will require partnerships across a range of agencies. So whilst some of the information in this guide is particularly relevant to local authorities, it will be useful context for anyone wishing to improve outcomes for young disabled people.