As a family we knew that the year 9 review (age 14 years) would be the start of a very important journey leading up to Martin leaving school at 19 years.
It was an exciting time, one that would help us start thinking about Martin's future, a time to reflect on those things he could do and enjoyed doing. It was also a time to explore how we could increase and develop his independence, provide him with new opportunities he would enjoy and increase his confidence.
Martin is now 17 years old and over the last three years has grown into a confident young man who loves going out to new places, meeting new people through voluntary work and learning new things through the groups he attends.
Some of the keys to success for Martin have been for us to have timely advice, taking gradual small steps and a choice of support workers.
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