The transition from secondary school to adult life can be a time of uncertainty about what lies ahead for every young person. It is also a time for exploration about goals and aspirations for the future. Often there are additional challenges for a young person with a disability.
Disability Services has developed an information guide to assist young people with a disability and their families with planning and to provide information for consideration during this transition journey.
Disability Service also provides a range of supports to help young people with a disability move from school to adult life. These supports often help the young person to:
More information on supports specifically for school leavers can be found on:
Young people seeking supports for when they leave school will need to contact their local Disability Services service centre. If you have not already done so you will need to go through the intake and assessment process. If you are eligible for support a local support linker will contact you to talk about the outcome of the assessment and what happens next.
It is important to understand that even if you are eligible for specialist disability services, Disability Services will only be able to provide supports as they become available. Supports are provided based on a state-wide prioritisation, which means that eligible people may receive supports at various times throughout the year – not necessarily upon leaving school.
To be eligible for assistance after leaving school, the young person must be eligible to receive supports through Disability Services as per the eligibility policy.
Young people leaving school in 2017 living in areas that are transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) do not need to register with, or be assessed by, Disability Services. For more information about Disability Supports for school leavers and the NDIS please see the Disability supports for school leavers and the NDIS factsheet.
Young people seeking supports for when they leave school will need to contact their local Disability Services service centre to go through the intake, assessment and prioritisation process. If you are eligible, a referral will be sent to a support linker who will contact you to talk about the outcome of the assessment.
It is important to understand that even if you are eligible for specialist disability services, Disability Services will still need to check whether there are services available
This process is firmly based around the provision of a holistic, person-centred approach that strengthens the person with a disability and enhances their resilience.
If you are not eligible, the assessor will talk to you about what other supports you may be able to access and how that could happen.
For further information about the support for school leavers please contact your nearest Disability Services service centre or by calling the Disability Information Service on 13 QGOV (13 74 68)* (TTY: 133 677).
*Cost of a local call. Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates.
Between 2016 and 2019 the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will progressively roll out across Queensland. When the NDIS rolls out in your area, responsibility for supporting eligible young people leaving school will move to the NDIS.