Know your options

We understand that leaving the familiarity of school and transitioning to the adult world can be an anxious time for young adults with learning disabilities and autism, and their families.

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At ECL, we aim to offer a personalised, post 18 experience that feels as familiar and supportive as school, whilst offering exciting opportunities to broaden your horizons and progress towards your goals.

We can help you to plan and make informed decisions by providing information and guidance on the issues that surround becoming an adult, such as accessing social care funding and the court of protection.


What is meant by ‘Transition’?

Transition has historically referred to the planning that takes place to support a young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities to move into adulthood (age 18). This could include areas such as further education, employment, independent living, health, and community inclusion.

If you have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP), planning for the future is made easier through transition reviews at your school or college. Transition reviews start in year 9 and will often take place at the same time as the annual review of your EHCP.

Transition is also the process of moving from children’s health or social services, to adult social care.

Download our Know Your Options Brochure to find out how we can support you through Transition

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Customer journey

Whatever your chosen pathway, your journey will be personalised and regularly reviewed to provide the right level of support to help you achieve your goals. The journey can be started at any point and following review, steps can be repeated or skipped as required.

Early engagement is key to a smooth transition from education, so we will plan together with you, your family, school, and clinical team, to ensure everything is in place for you when you join us.

Our customer journey describes the different options available to school leavers:

Learning disability customer journey
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Our services

Inclusive Employment

For young adults with ambitions of gaining voluntary or paid work, the Inclusive Employment programme will enhance the opportunities available.

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Day Services

Day Services at ECL supports young people with Learning Disabilities and Autism, who need additional support, following a personalised plan that starts with their existing skills and interests.

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Our approach

Early engagement is key to a smooth transition, so we will plan together with you, your family, school, and clinical team, to ensure everything is in place for you when you join us.

We will discuss with you what your goals and aspirations are and work with you to create a person-centred plan to achieve them.

In your final years at school, we will get to know and provide taster sessions so that on your first day at ECL, you are already familiar with us.

If you are used to receiving clinical support such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Behavioural Support, or Speech and Language, our in-house clinical team will ensure your treatment plans and support strategies can be continued seamlessly.

Similarly, our highly skilled staff will be ready to continue supporting you with any specialist technology or equipment that you have been using, visual supports can be implemented, and staff trained and ready to support you with it.

If you have been following training programmes and qualifications such as ASDAN or City and Guilds, you will be able to continue these at ECL.

If you want to plan for a fulfilling future after school, contact ECL – we will be delighted to offer you guidance and support.


When Jamel left his beloved Columbus School & College where he had been a student since the age of four, mum Yvonne was anxious about how he would adjust to the changes.

At school, everyone knew Jamel inside out, they knew his needs, likes/dislikes and everyone was familiar to him. I was worried about him being with new people who did not know or understand him. I need not have worried, on our first taster session at ECL Chelmsford the staff were all so welcoming, they greeted him using his first name, it was a warm personal welcome, and it meant so much.

Yvonne, Jamel's mum