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The National Autistic Society’s Transition Support Service is the only autism-specific advocacy service supporting young people and their families with the transition from education to adult life across the UK. We offer free telephone and email advice and support on transition planning, rights and entitlements, exploring options, finding suitable provision and ensuring that young people are engaged and meaningfully involved in their own future.

The service celebrates its fifth anniversary this year after it was initially piloted in one of our schools in 2013. Thanks to funding and support from John and Marianne Swannell and friends, we have expanded our reach and remit so that we now offer transition support to young autistic people and their families across the United Kingdom. The service has supported over 2500 young people and their families with overwhelmingly positive feedback:

I can't thank you enough for all you have done. I think I called you about 30 times and cc'd you in on lots of emails, you listened to my moans, my worries and were there for me when I couldn't cope and couldn't stop the tears! So caring but professional.

Transition support user

I cannot thank you enough for your help,  I felt very lost in how I could help my son and understand him better.  Now I feel that I can support him better and have a contact point if I need it.

Transition support user 

We hope to help many more young autistic people to achieve a positive transition to adulthood.

Young people and families in need of our help can telephone 0808 800 0027 (leave a message on our answering service and we will call you back) or visit the transition section of our website.

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