Contact Scotland hosts first ever national event to improve life chances for disabled young people
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Over 100 parents of disabled young people from across Scotland are gathering in Glasgow today (Wednesday 13 March) at the first ever post school transitions conference of its kind.
The Talking About Tomorrow conference has been organised by Contact Scotland and the guest speaker will be Maree Todd, Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People.
Susan Walls, Manager at Contact Scotland, said: "Parents of disabled young people tell us how difficult it is to get the right information and support around the options for their child as they move into adulthood. Growing up is one of the biggest changes any young person will face and what they experience at this time can have a huge impact on their life chances.
"If doors are not open to disabled young people at this crucial time, it can impact the rest of their life - for instance they may be more dependent on care or miss out on things other teens take for granted. But when everything goes well, it's life changing both for the young person and their family."
Moving into adulthood
Families attending the post school transitions conference will get information on a host of issues they will face as their child is moving into adulthood including finance, guardianship, employment options, cyberbullying and assertiveness. More than 20 organisations from across Scotland will take part through workshops, information stands and a panel discussion.
Research shows the majority of disabled young people rely chiefly on their parents for information around their options and support, so families need to be armed with as much knowledge about their options as possible.
Eva Bergquist, parent of a teenager with autism, said: "Getting the right information at the right time is essential to mapping out the best transition for your child and your family. As a parent, it's empowering to feel you're an important part of the process, and it can make all the difference between a good life and a not so good life for your child."
New online resource for transitions
The conference follows the recent launch of Contact Scotland's new online resource for families and young people about transitions. Talking About Tomorrow is packed full of advice and information for parents whose child has reached teenage years and are starting to think about opportunities and support as they move into adulthood.