The Disabilities Trust's autism services were inspired by the potential of people on the autistic spectrum to support them to live their lives in ways they choose.
We offer a range of individually tailored support services, aimed at helping people live their lives as independently as possible. Service users are encouraged to develop their social, vocational and recreational skills and ensure that they are fully involved in all decisions affecting their lives, allowing them to achieve their aspirations.
Autism is a complex disability and no two people have the same needs. Our detailed assessment procedure is designed by experts to determine the level of support needed by each individual. We are committed to finding new ways of understanding the views of those who have communication difficulties and tailor our communication methods to best meet the needs of that person.
Our person-centred approach places service users at the heart of everything we do. We recognise that people with autistic spectrum disorders often behave in ways which challenge traditional service provision.
This is often a way of someone communicating frustration, anxiety, pain or needs. Our highly experienced therapeutic team is trained to manage challenging behaviour by using interventions and enabling service users to communicate their needs and feelings in a non-threatening environment.
Our focus is to highlight and further support 'ability'. We promote the individual's right to privacy, respect, choice and inclusion and encourage people to express their views and concerns through regular liaison with their families, carers and our multi disciplinary team. We always seek to find new ways of understanding the views of those who have communication difficulties and will tailor individualised communication methods to best meet the communication needs of that person.
Housing and support
We offer a range of support options for people with autism, tailored to meet their individual needs including three purpose-built residential centres, Hollyrood in Sussex, The Maples in Reading which offer intensive support to a large number of service users, including those with challenging behaviour.
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