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Guidance from the Scottish Government to all agencies involved in supporting people with additional support needs who wish to study at college or university. Outlines roles and responsibilities with a view to removing barriers to education and training.
Allows someone to test their capacity to work or gain new skills. If this is within a set number of hours a week it does not affect benefits.
Person centred planning
An approach to planning that identifies how someone wants to live their life and what needs to happen to make that possible. It looks at the person as a whole and takes into account their dreams, hopes and fears as well as skills and qualifications.
PIP or Personal Independence Payment
A welfare benefit through the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) that helps with the extra costs of living with a long term condition or disability. Someone can move into employment and still be eligible for PIP.
This refers to what young people do after leaving school. The Scottish Government requires schools to increase the numbers of young people going on to a “positive destination”, which normally means employment, further education, or training.
Powers of Attorney
Powers granted by an individual to another person to help them manage their affairs or communicate their wishes if they lose the capacity to act for themselves. It allows someone to support or speak for the individual in matters relating to finance, health and welfare.
People like teachers, doctors, social workers and support workers who provide the services someone uses.
Provides employment and learning opportunities for people with a disability through supported internships and work experience.
Changes to the work or study environment that allow disabled people to work safely and productively. What is considered “reasonable” is defined by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
SAAS or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Gives financial support to eligible students doing a higher education course in the UK. Handles applications for the Disabled Student Allowance.
SCVO or Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Source of information on roles within Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
SCQF or Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
Helps learners and employers identify the level of learning reflected in the different qualifications and learning programmes.
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
The final stage for complaints about most public bodies in Scotland.
Section 23 Assessment
The assessment carried out for children to determine their needs and the support they require to thrive.
Self Directed Support (SDS)
An approach to providing support services that is person centred and offers flexibility over how services are provided. Payments are made from an agreed personal budget to buy the services someone needs.
These refer to the eight indicators of wellbeing identified by the Scottish Government. They should underpin all decisions and actions in relation to a young person. Every decision should ensure they are Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
National Scottish agency for advice and support in career planning and development. There are offices across Scotland. Many have staff specifically designated to advise people with disabilities or additional needs.
Businesses that operate with a view to bringing about social change. Many provide volunteering or employment opportunities for disabled or disadvantaged people.
Support package or social care package
A combination of services to meet someone’s needs as identified through a formal assessment, along with an agreed budget to pay for these.
Businesses where over 50% of employees have a disability of some kind.
Courses specifically tailored to students with additional support needs, often with a focus on developing skills such as independence, self confidence, employability and self awareness.
Supported employment services
Local services that include individual profiling to identify work possibilities, job matching with suitable opportunities, and ongoing support and advice for employers and employees. More information is available from the Scottish Union of Supported Employment.
SWF or Scottish Welfare Fund
National scheme to provide financial help for people on very low incomes in crisis situations or at times of severe financial pressure.
A time of change. On this website, we use transition to describe the process of changing from being a child to becoming an adult. Transition can take a long time and will probably involve leaving school, financial changes, different kinds of support and decisions about the kind of life someone wants.
Getting in touch with the Contact helpline
You can get in touch with our helpline by phone, email, Facebook or Twitter, and we can access an interpreter if necessary.
Find out more about how to contact us.
Parent and carer support networks can be the best sources of local information and advice.
Download the list below, or contact us to ask about support groups in your area.
As part of our transition workshop programme, we produced short directories of local services for each area visited. Click on the image to download any handbook.