It is often difficult for young people who have recently left school to find things to keep
themselves occupied in their spare time. This is especially so if they have attended a school
some distance away from home and have not been able to build up friendships with local young
people. They may also lose friends and social activities that they build up at school. For young
people who have been at residential schools or colleges, the change may be particularly
Although there are clubs provided specially for young disabled people (Mencap’s Gateway club
and PHAB clubs, for example), integration with other young people in ordinary clubs and groups
is something worth aiming for.