2. Life Skills
You need to develop life skills in order to be able to live independently in the community. Life skills include things like how to fill in forms, how to drive, how to make friends and cook. It also includes making decisions about where you want to live, and what job you want to do.
How to fill in forms
You will have to fill in forms if you are applying for a job, university, benefits, a house etc. You can also fill in forms in different ways, by hand or online. We have some tips for filling in forms.
Learning to Drive
Most people can start to learn at 17, You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you have special educational needs or a disability there are disability specialist driving instructors.
Friendship are one of the many kinds of important relationships that we can have. Friends can help to build our social skills and help with our self-esteem.
Circles of Support
Circles of Support is a free service available to people in Lincolnshire with disabilities and autism. It is designed to support them during different stages of their life, such as moving schools or preparing for adulthood. Families, friends, professionals or staff known to the child or young person can be part of their circle.
You may start cooking for yourself as you get older.
Everyday Getting Around
In Lincolnshire there are schemes for anybody with a disability to help you get around. There are bus services that can respond directly to your request.
Owning a pet
Owning a pet involves responsibilities, including feeding and cleaning.