The Disabilities Trust is committed to person-centred planning. Our Autism services focus on a holistic approach and are fundamental elements in the ethos and philosophy of our ervices. In practice, this means that every service user is recognised as a unique individual and has an opportunity to explore their strengths and skills in a supportive and non-threatening environment. Service users have the opportunity to contribute to their own person centred goals and their aspirations are included in plans and reviews.

Benefits of the person centred approach

For the person

  • To be listened to and valued
  • Having support to try new things
  • Having more control over their life
  • Developing confidence, skills and abilities
  • Having their rights recognised and supported
  • Having access to a support network when needed

For professionals / staff

  • Being part of a strong support network
  • Having their skills and knowledge put to good use
  • Learning from the person, their family and friends
  • Working in partnership with the person, their family and friends
  • Increasing understanding of the person, their needs and aspirations

For family and friends

  • Being valued and listened to
  • Being part of a strong support network
  • Being in partnership with professionals
  • Knowing the person they care about is valued

For the community

  • Embracing diversity
  • Listening to what people want
  • Supporting and welcoming people
  • Increasing awareness of support needs