Learning difficulties and disabilities
Think you might need additional support to help you move into work, an apprenticeship or learning?
The YC Hertfordshire LDD Team
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, YC Hertfordshire (part of Hertfordshire County Council Services for Young People), provides a service offering information, advice, guidance, support and personal development opportunities until you reach your 25th birthday. There is a dedicated team of advisers for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD).
The service is for all young people whatever their ability or background, but provides extra support to those who need it most. Their aim is to help young people make the most of their potential.
Find more information about the support provided by the YC Hertfordshire LDD Team here.
Contact the team on their duty line: 01438 844 999 (answer phone available)
Going to college
Going to college can help you to learn about work, shopping, travelling independently, writing, being creative, cooking, using money, IT and many other things. You'll also be able to make new friends.
Some people may be worried about what support and help they'll get at college...
Every college in Hertfordshire has help and support available for people with learning difficulties and most local colleges will be able to meet your needs.
Looking for work
Most young people want to do some kind of work in the future.
For some people, work is a way of gaining independence, learning new skills, making new friends and feeling more adult. It's also a way of earning money, although not all work is paid.
The Supported Employment Team
Many young people have an ambition to find paid employment. If you're interested in finding work and would like help and support, YC Hertfordshire has a dedicated team of supported employment advisers (SEAs) who work with young people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties aged between16 and 25. The Supported Employment Team work with local employers to support young people into the workplace - arranging work experience placements and supporting, training and coaching young people before and during their employment.
For more information read this report on supported employment.
Supported employment in Hertfordshire posters
Two posters about supported employment have been produced, one for young people and their parents/carers and one for employers:
Download PDF of supported employment in Hertfordshire poster for young people here.
Download PDF of supported employment in Hertfordshire poster for employers here.
The scheme provides a pathway for young people aged 16 to 24 who have an Education Health and Care plan to transition into a job. The supported internship programme of study is offered by all four FE colleges in Hertfordshire. It is designed to enable young people with additional needs to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need. Most of the learning is based in the workplace within a range of employment settings. Interns are given on-the-job training by expert coaches and are expected to comply with real employment conditions.
Interns enjoy many benefits from the course, including increased confidence and motivation, improved communication skills and wider social networks.
Watch the supported internship video, in which the young interns describe their experiences:
Guide to support for those with additional needs in the workplace
Access to Work grant
An 'Access to Work' grant helps pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition so you can:
- start working
- stay in work
- start your own business
How much you get depends on your circumstances.
The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.
Full details of Access to Work can be found on the government website.
Transition guide and 'Quick transition guide' brochures
Thinking about the future - a transition guide for parents and carers of young people with additional needs
It is never too early to start planning for life after school. Read or download these major new publications for parents and carers of young people with additional needs, covering the wide range of support available. They cover planning for the future of your son or daughter, and everything from how to get the most out of meetings to money matters and leisure time. Parents who want the full details should download the full guide, and for those who want a briefer summary of the support available, the quick guide is recommended.
Useful information for you in Hertfordshire
The Hertfordshire Directory - SEND
Information pages from Hertfordshire County Council about local services for parents, children and young people (aged 0-25) with special education needs and disabilities
Hertfordshire Action for Disability (HAD)
Has lots of equipment to support disabled young people. They have eight adapted cars and are able to teach young disabled people to drive. They also provide 24/7 accessible transport to anywhere people want to go. Visit their website to find out more.
A user driven charity using employment for disabled people to become more independent. Visit Hertfordshire PASS to find out more.
Role models: Inspire a generation
A group of young disabled people interviewed and filmed their chosen role models to inspire other young disabled people to achieve their goals.
Follow the link to WATCH some of the short films.
Useful national websites
- Autism: visit the National Autistic Society Website
- Physical Disability: SCOPE is a useful site for physical disability, visit SCOPE
- RNID site for the deaf, visit RNID
- RNIB site for the blind, visit RNIB
- Learning Disabilities and syndromes - THE MIX
- Get Your Rights
See also our information for young people with learning difficulties and/or a disability