The Road Ahead – Resources

4. National websites

W1: Connexions direct
Target Audience Young people aged 13-19.
Content Links to local Connexions services. Also gives information about the 'Widening Horizons' information service used by many schools, colleges or training providers. The 'learning for people with disabilities' link is mostly aimed at people with physical disabilities, but provides a link to 'After 16 - what's new' website (Family Fund).
Availability & Updates Not specifically geared towards young people with learning disabilities. Not written accessibly. No information on updates.
Connexions Web:
W2: Down2Earth
Target Audience Young people with Down's syndrome.
Content Links to Club NDSS via the 'Down 2 Earth' section on the website. Club NDSS gives advice for young people on transitions, housing, life skills, money and safety.
Availability & Updates Club NDSS is an American site, but presented in an accessible format. No relevant information specifically for young people on the DSA site. No information on updates.
Contact Down's Syndrome Association Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington, TW11 9PS Tel: 0845 230 0372 Fax:0845 230 0372 Email: Web:
W3: Enquire
Target Audience Children with special educational needs (Scotland).
Content Website specifically for young people (with links to site for parents and professionals). Links to 'Life at school and choices at 16+ (see national information). Sections on: 'respect yourself!', 'meeting people and finding out of school clubs', 'who can help you?', 'choosing subjects and getting ready for exams' and 'looking to the future'. Includes an interactive map which as well as giving advice about clubs, also advises about keeping safe. Links to other websites by subject.
Availability & Updates Clear site, not all very accessible, but excellent downloadable leaflet on 'people at school' which explains the roles of all the professionals that a young person with special needs might encounter and other useful information. Covers Scotland. No information on updates, but recently produced.
Contact Enquire - Children in Scotland Tel: 0845 123 2303 Email: Web:
W4: After 16 - what's new?
Target Audience Young people with impairments or disabilities, parents, carers and professionals.
Content Includes detailed information and links. Covers 'your future', money, learning, daytime and work, housing, transport and leisure, friends and health, the law and a directory. Links to other useful websites.
Availability & Updates 'User-friendly' style and compatible with speech reader software. Does not link well from the Family Fund website. Book version no longer available. Last updated November 2003.
Contact Family Fund PO Box 50 York, YO1 9ZX Web:
W5: Transition from school or college for young people with learning disabilities
Target Audience Families and professionals.
Content Factsheet available online from FPLD. Explains the transition process, lists useful organisations and publications. From the website you can also join a discussion forum and read other people's stories.
Availability & Updates Learning Disabilities. Page updated 19.11.03.
Contact Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities 83 Victoria Street London, SW1H 0HW Tel: 020 7802 0300 Fax: 020 7802 0301 Web:
W6: Including you
Target Audience Families of children with special needs.
Content Website that includes a section on transition. Aimed primarily at families in East Sussex.
Availability & Updates Includes links to relevant organisations and information about the Connexions service. Also includes an edited version of East Sussex's Transition Protocol.
Contact Including you social enterprise Web
W7: Trans-active
Target Audience Young people with and without a learning disability.
Content Multimedia web site resource of accessible information about planning process for young people aged 13-25. Idea is to create a multimedia 'passport' about transition for individuals. Pack also available. Has two main areas - a 'TeenZone' for young people with learning difficulties and an area for 'parents, carers and teachers'. The 'TeenZone' is divided into 4 areas where young people (with help) can access; a 10 level game that explains transition, a description of the Trans-active project, Beat-box, which is music produced by the project and 'The bedroom' which contains music, fun, graffiti and games. The area for parents, carers and teachers covers news, 'about trans-active', the process, the Passport, the rewards, the package, the people and how to make a transition passport.
Availability & Updates Not very easy to locate via the Mencap site or via a search engine. Need to have Macromedia Flash Player 7 installed. 'TeenZone', although presented in an accessible format would be best used in conjunction with a supporter. 'TeenZone' is also in audio format, with voices of young people with learning disabilities. The information zone covers wide range of aspects of transition and the trans-active project itself. Would be especially useful for schools undertaking transition planning. No information on updates.
Contact Mencap Web:
W8: Options for the Future - A what, when and how guide for parents as young disabled people make the transition to adult life.
Target Audience Parents and Carers.
Content 129 page guide for parents of young disabled people. Also information on next moves, contacts and links
Availability & Updates Although this website contains local information, it also has a wider applicability. Updated 2007.
Contact Surrey Children's Service Web:
W9: Transition into adult life
Target Audience Young people, parents and professionals.
Content Includes the Transition 'Champions' pack. Documents on what 'Valuing People' says, key papers and events.
Availability & Updates Mostly in accessible format. Updated regularly.
Contact Valuing People Support Team
W10: My Future Choices
Target Audience Young people, parents and professionals.
Content Website that includes a downloadable version of 'My Future Choices' magazine.
Availability & Updates Part of the developing 'Transition Information Network'.
Contact Transition Information Network Tel: 020 7619 7244 Web:
General - ethnicity
W11: Transition for young people from ethnic communities
Target Audience  
Availability & Updates In development.
ARC This project is setting up a website (already launched) of information for young people at transition and their families. They were hoping to employ regional workers to promote the website but a reduction in funding from the Diana Fund has meant a more limited project. Web: Contact Pam Smith for further information. Tel: 01246 555 043 Email:
Inclusion - Multi-media
W12: Acting Up Multimedia profiling
Target Audience People with communication difficulties.
Content Website which gives details of an innovative communications' training package, 'Multimedia profiling'. This package gives people with communication difficulties support to exercise greater control over their lives by means of a computer-based catalogue of a service user's daily activities and personal history.
Availability & Updates Clear website with pictures. Not all pages are written in an accessible format. No information on updates.
Contact Acting Up Unit 304 203-213 Mare St. London E8 3QE Tel: 0208 533 3344 Email: Web:
W13: The Big Tree
Target Audience People with learning disabilities
Content A developing portal site which will highlight good practice and host a forum for discussion around all aspects of multi-media use by people with learning disabilities. Housed by the Rix Centre. Their aim is to 'improve the inclusion of the learning disability community in the world of the internet and to use the capabilities of new media to promote inclusion across society generally'.
Availability & Updates Site is still in development (29.10.04).
Contact Mencap Web: