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The Disabilities Trust offers community support and enablement services for individuals with autism that do not require as much support as provided in our residential services. Our supported housing schemes offer service users the chance to live in the community but with all the support they need, up to 24 hours a day.

Home support is also widely available across the country to support people living in their own homes.

The goal of community services is to make sure that progress made during a period of time in a residential service is continued once the individual chooses to live in the community. Each person will be supported to develop a person centred support plan which embraces their lifestyle choices whilst ensuring their individual support needs are met.

Before someone is offered either a supported housing scheme or home support, we will make an assessment visit. We also liaise closely with social services and other relevant agencies to make sure the service offered meets a service user's individual needs.

Home support and enablement

The Disabilities Trust provides support to people living in their own homes, with services tailored to meet individual circumstances. The amount of support provided can vary from a few hours a week to up to 24 hours a day.

Achieving life goals

To meet the unique needs of each person with autism, or Asperger syndrome we establish a developmental programme tailored specifically to their needs.We provide an individually tailored, holistic developmental programme of support, setting person centred short and long term objectives towards achieving life goals and aspirations.

Home support is designed with the individual, enabling them to participate in a wide range of activities, including activities of daily living, maintaining tenancy and home, paid or voluntary employment, vocational education and training, and leisure pursuits.

Referrals

For more information please call Gill Algor on 01924 266344. Autism Spectrum Partners provides a range of care and support services to both adults and children with autism.

Initial referrals are generally made via a Local Health Authority or Social Services. We also work with parents who want help with transition for their children to adult services. We use a combination of methods to accurately assess each individual's needs, including collating reports from professionals, having meetings with the service user and their family and talking to previous service providers.

A multi-disciplinary team then provides a detailed assessment of each individual's autism profile, behaviour and support needs. This will then inform the needs-driven support plan for the individual's move to the most appropriate service.