This section includes information on:
Housing and independent Living
It is important that people with disabilities have the right to choose where they want to live. We know that moving to their own home is a really big decision for young people, and those that care for them. It can be exciting, but also worrying!
The Transition Team want you to feel supported when the time is right for you to explore this option. We will work in partnership with you, those who care for you and our partners (such as local borough council housing service) to find suitable care, support, and accommodation.
Further information about your housing options can be found on our pages about living your life independently.
Changes to finances and benefits
As the parent of a disabled young person you may be receiving benefits and tax credits to help you pay for their needs. Exactly when you cease to claim benefits and tax credits as a parent depends on both your child's age, on any educational course they are following and on whether they are regarded as independent, as well as your other family circumstances. You may continue to claim some benefits and tax credits but they may have to be recalculated when your family circumstances change.
Their benefits will be taken into account when providing funded support for your young adult, and for them to pay for their own costs towards care and living expenses.
- Surrey County Council has information to help you support someone to manage their finances.
- SOLLA helps people and their families in finding trusted accredited financial advisers who understand financial needs in later life.
- The Surrey Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers.
Digital development is constantly evolving especially assistive technology to help those with disabilities. Here find some apps to help support young people and their families.
We can give you a licence for some of the below if you are eligible for adult social care - some can be purchased privately if not eligible. Speak to your social care team if you feel this could work for you.
Brain in Hand
Brain in Hand helps people to live more independently.
AutonoMe is a virtual support provider designed to improve the lives of vulnerable people.
Hear me now
Hear Me Now enables people to:
- capture what matters to them in a single user-friendly place
- add content in their preferred format: text, images, audio or video
- share information with carers and health professionals.
Abilia simplify peoples' everyday lives regardless of their need. They want to give people with special needs the chance to participate and be independent.
Be my eyes
Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
Wheelmap allows you to mark and find wheelchair accessible places-worldwide.
LetMeTalk is a free augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that provides everyone with a voice, including those who can't speak. The app allows you to line up images in a meaningful way to be read as a sentence.
MyChoicePad is a language and communication app that uses Makaton symbols (a simple type of sign language), signs and signing videos in addition to your own photos and audio.
Available on: ITunes (iPad only)
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Find more information about useful equipment and technology to help you stay independent.