autistic male service user with two female support workers walking outside Hamilton Lodge

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. We can set up home support virtually anywhere in response to need.

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's Community Services 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.

In partnership with our Autism Spectrum Partners division Community Services can offer home support to people nationwide and new services can be developed in response to identified needs.

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.