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Is there anyone I can speak to about my son's post-16 options?

CSherwin
CSherwin Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited April 2021 in Education
Hi there

I am mother of Sam who is 15, has spastic quadriplegia and goes to a DSP which is within a mainstream school. We are starting to look at his life post 16, and also at what the future might look like beyond that.  Is there anyone I can speak to about possible pathways?
The courses at the colleges that I have received information about seem very 'practical', but whilst Sam can understand everything, reading is difficult (though not impossible, but it is hard work for him/slow) and doing anything independently is almost impossible. Has anyone had experience of being in the same boat?  His school won't give any advice, so we're feeling a bit lost!


Camilla

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,941 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I don't really have any knowledge in this area so hope others can help 

    There may be some info in our learning and education section 

    Just wanted to welcome you 
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,132 Scope online community team
    Hi @CSherwin
    Good to meet you. I'd be really happy to talk with you about possibilities for Sam. 
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  • Katharine_Alumni
    Katharine_Alumni Member, Scope Career Pathways service Posts: 67 Courageous
    edited May 2021
    Hi @CSherwin
    Welcome!
    I am a Careers Adviser on the Career Pathways programme at Scope. We support young people aged 16 - 25 (although we are also piloting working with 15 year olds too) and we would be delighted to help Sam. We offer an initial session and then up to 3 sessions of up to an hour each. What we cover depends entirely on what Sam would like - so we would be delighted to help with post-16 options, CV writing, ideas for future careers and to talk through different options, as well as simply to talk about interests and hobbies and help build confidence. If this is something you think may benefit Sam, please do visit https://www.scope.org.uk/employment-services/career-pathways/ for more information. You can also fill in an online form to refer Sam and set up an initial meeting with either me or my colleague, Gina. No pressure of course and do ask here if I can help with anything too, like the other wonderful people offering their support :) 
    Katharine McKnight
    Careers Adviser, Career Pathways
  • CSherwin
    CSherwin Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you @Richard_Scope and @Katherine_Scope . I wrote my post above and then clearly did nothing about it. Richard... How do I contact you? Camilla
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 8,789 Scope online community team
    I'm sure @Richard_Scope will pick this up when he's back in @CSherwin, but I'll also leave a note letting him know that you'd be interested in having a chat :) 

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