Autism Spectrum


leaving school and leading your own life

Welcome to Launchpad

This website has been created as a resource for young people with autism or Asperger's, and their families.

You are about to take some very big steps, finishing school and starting your adult life is an exciting time full of possibilities and opportunities.

However, it can also be a stressful and confusing time for you – and for your parents.

There are so many decisions to be made and to make good decisions, you need to have a thorough understanding of all the options and supports available to you.

Up until now, there has not been a single resource which pulls together all the information you need. This website aims to do this by including practical strategies, personal stories and links to great resources to help you make your way.

How to use this website

In developing this website we have included information that will assist young people and their families whatever their abilities.

In each section we have two green tabs: one tab contains information aimed at young people and the second aimed at parents.

Some of you will be able to explore this website and find the information you need. Just click on the Young people tab in each section.

Other young people may have difficulty using this website themselves so we have put similar information for their parents to access on their behalf. Click on the green Parents tab.

We hope you will find this useful over the years as you transition from school to adult life. Please do get in touch with us to give your feedback and to suggest additions and improvements. You can email us using the Contact form.