The Disabilities Trust is committed to person-centred planning. Our focus on a holistic, person-centred working plays an essential role in the ethos and philosophy of our autism services. 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
  • Having their rights recognised and supported
  • Having access to a support network when needed
  • Developing confidence, skills, abilities and knowledge

For professionals / staff

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

For the community

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

For family and friends

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