Hi everyone My dd is 16 and in Special school. I would like her to go to a residential college at 18/19yrs. She has autism, epilepsy (mildly) and quite a low functioning level, IQ estimated 40. She is VERY verbal, though her understanding levels are well below her expressive languauge, reasonably social, funny, gorgeous etc. She is also quite (very) anxious, finds transitions difficult, has 24hr care needs, and can have challenging behaviour and meltdowns when things dont go her way. She is best placed in small group settings, but able to access a larger social group whenever possible, as she is able to in her current provision where she is an asd specific class of 6, but part of a larger school of 140. She would primarily need to continue 'life skills', developing interests and skills, literacy and numeracy, and does NOT enjoy agriculture/animal care! I am based in Wales, but would consider anywhere in a four hour radius really. Does anyone have any experience or advice, specifically college recomendations? Thanks so much x
try the natspec website, you can input the main support need and it will come up with a list of colleges. You will then need to visit them to find all if it will be suitable or not / ask questions etc. You can put in an application a bit closer to her last year in school, and they will arrange to complete an assessment to see if they will offer her a place. If they do, then you presumably will have to go to a funding panel - not sure what the arrangements are in Wales though so it might be different. hope this helps a little but to be honest you really need to speak to the transitions person at her school.