We provide a range of specialist education services, housing and support for people with autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. We are committed to enabling service users to function independently, while developing their lives with dignity and respect
Autism and Asperger syndrome are lifelong conditions that can seriously affect a person's communication, use of imagination and social interaction, making the world an uncertain and often frightening place to inhabit. Without the right support, it can have a profound and often disabling effect on individuals and families. The term 'spectrum' is used because, while and no two people have the same needs, all people with autism share three main areas of difficulty to varying degrees- sometimes referred to as a 'triad' of impairments:
- Difficulty with social communication
- Difficulty with social interaction
- Difficulty with imagination
The programme offers two options: 'Learning for Life' and 'Skills for Life', based on the NOCN Progression Awards and Step-up Awards respectively. Both groups of awards comprise many subject areas reflecting the activities already undertaken in many rehabilitation and care programmes.
These accreditations start at the very basic Entry Level and progress through three higher levels. The topics or 'units' include life skills and personal development as well as tasters in vocational subjects such as horticulture, photography, ICT, car maintenance, music and theatre. Achievements are measured in 'credits' which can be combined to create an Award, Certificate or Diploma, depending on the number of credits achieved.
How does it work?
Opportunity to Achieve is coordinated by an NVQ and Training Manager, who liaises with each of the Trust's services or community houses and identify 'competent persons' whose responsibility is to work with service users to establish which topics they would like to pursue and assess their capabilities, such as car maintenance, health and hygiene skills or an introduction to food, drink and cooking.
The Awarding Body
NOCN is the leading credit-based awarding body in the UK; it is nationally recognised as an awarding body and is accredited by the regulatory authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NOCN helps people achieve their goals through learning, regardless of their age, background or previous education. There are 2,500 centres nationally offering NOCN qualifications; NOCN collectively awards certificates to over 800,000 learners every year
Personalisation is about giving people much more choice and control over their lives and goes well beyond simply giving personal budgets to people eligible for council funding. Personalisation means addressing the needs and aspirations of whole communities to ensure everyone has access to the right information, advice and advocacy to make good decisions about the support they need. It means ensuring that people have wider choice in how their needs are met and are able to access universal services such as transport, leisure and education, housing, health and opportunities for employment, regardless of age or disability.