Supporting teenagers

Supporting your teen isn’t just about coping with the here and now, it’s also about planning for your child’s future independence and the transition to adult life.

Finding financial support

Finding financial support means you and your family will be able to meet your day-to-day living expenses. There may also be additional costs associated with your child’s disability that you need help with.

Support with learning

The support with learning section looks at the supports available to help young people in education.

Living options

The living options section is not just about finding support in the home, but also about finding networks of support in the community where you and your family live.

Accessibility and mobility

Many young people with disabilities will need equipment and modifications so they can learn to be independent. Accessibility and mobility looks at ways to ensure they can move around home, school, and the wider community.


Learn how to support the wellbeing of your teen, and your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

Transition to adult life

The teenage years are the time to start planning for your child’s transition to adult life and their future independence.

Life Fit meeting the needs of young people with disabilities

A community-based programme run by Life Unlimited in Hamilton seems to be ticking all the right boxes for its participants, says Idea Services team leader Sarah Edworthy. Life Fit is a fitness, exercise and health programme open to anyone but which also supports people aged 15 plus who have an intellectual disability and/or mental illness.…