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Leading my life my way: young disabled people’s experiences of using services to live independent lives

This report follows on from research we produced last year which showed disabled people aged 18 – 64 were not being supported to live their lives independently due to a poor quality of service provision. ‘Leading My Life, My Way’ focuses on disabled people aged between 17 and 30 who are about to or are at the point of transition from children’s to adult social services, as well as those who have experienced using services for a number of years after transition.

The research presented in this report provides an evidence base that will be of use to social care policy makers. It identifies what works well specifically for young disabled people in accessing services to live independent lives and what areas need development. This will help policy makers to ensure support services provide holistic, joined up support for young disabled people. In doing so, we hope young disabled people’s experiences of using support services will be more consistently positive and tailored to their specific requirements. This will help foster a greater confidence in support services and sustain higher aspirations to do what they want in their lives as they enter early adulthood.