The Disabilities Trust offers 24 hour supported living opportunities in community settings for people on the autism spectrum or who show behaviour that indicate autism. Currently we have four supported living projects in the Wirral area in 2 x four-bedroom houses and 2 x five-bedroom houses, delivered with our housing association partners. The schemes are designed to meet the specific needs of the people living in them through person centred support plans and care packages.
Person centred planning enables individuals to live their lives in the way they want, supporting and encouraging independence through the development of life skills.
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
In some parts of the country The Disabilities Trust provides support to people on the autistic spectrum 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.
Achieving life goals
To meet the unique needs of each person with autism 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.
For more information please call our Business Development Team on 01924 266344 or email Business.Development@thedtgroup.org. Our autism services provide a range of care and support services to adults and children with autism.
Initial referrals are generally made via a Local Health Authority or Social Services. We also work with parents who want help with transition for their children to adult services. We use a combination of methods to accurately assess each individual's needs, including collating reports from professionals, having meetings with the service user and their family and talking to previous service providers.
A multi-disciplinary team then provides a detailed assessment of each individual's autism profile, behaviour and support needs. This will then inform the needs-driven support plan for the individual's move to the most appropriate service