Pupils receiving extra learning support should get more help when they leave school to go to work, the children's commissioner for Wales has said.
Rocio Cifuentes said parents had told her leaving education was "a bit of a cliff edge" for their children.
She made her remarks at the launch of a series of short films aimed at helping young people with their mental health.
The Welsh government said Careers Wales gave students with learning needs targeted career advice.
"At the moment there isn't enough support available for that transition period after 18, into their young adulthood, into living independently," said Ms Cifuentes at Ysgol y Gogarth, Llandudno, Conwy county.