Talking about tomorrow


Welcome to Talking about Tomorrow

This website has been put together with parents, for parents, to answer your questions and help you make the right decisions for your family.

Transition simply means change – and for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, growing up is one of the biggest changes they face. It isn’t just about leaving school. It’s about building an adult life, and that takes time. Families and close friends are on the journey too.

Getting the process off to a good start is what Talking About Tomorrow is all about.

Change can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Every family is different, so take it one step at a time. Do what you need to – then come back for more information when the time is right for you.

Find out more about Contact’s resources for families at For more about our transitions work click About at the top of the page.

"There seems to be quite a lot of help out there but it is very, very important you're given the information on how to get the help that is appropriate for your needs. And that isn't always coming through." (Parent)


Who is responsible for transition planning?

It’s important to know who should do what, and what to expect. Usually education staff take the lead when someone is under 16, and coordinate planning. ...

When should transition planning start?

National guidelines in Scotland say transition planning should start “at least 2 years before the school leaving date.” That’s because it often takes a long ...

I can’t see my young person in a job. What else is there?

First, don’t reject the idea completely. A lot can change – what you see at age 16 may not be what someone will be capable ...

Can my young person go to college or daycare outside the area we live in?

Yes – they can apply anywhere they want. What can be difficult is arranging or paying for things like transport or a support worker to get ...

“Incapacity” and what it means

Many people are uncomfortable with the word “incapacity”, but this is the legal term used to indicate someone can’t make decisions for themselves or take ...

What is advocacy? Can it help me?

An advocate listens to your views and concerns, helps you explore your options, and supports you to communicate your wishes in meetings and appointments. They ...

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New young carers grant in Scotland

 The grant – a lump sum payment of £300 – is for 16-18 year olds who are providing at least 16 hours a week care to a severely disabled person. For more details visit the Contact Young Carers Grant page ...

New young carers grant in Scotland
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