The information on this page is designed for social and health care professionals. The Disabilities Trust's autism services support people with autism to live independent and fulfilled lives. We offer individually tailored support aimed at best meeting the individual needs of service users to achieve their full potential.

Our focus at Hollyrood is to highlight and further support 'ability' where there may be disability. 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.


Our detailed autism services assessment is designed by experts to determine the level of support needed by each individual. We use a combination of methods to accurately assess each individual's needs including collating reports from professionals, meeting with the client and their family and talking to previous service providers.

autistic service user working at a jigsaw in Hollyrood

A multi-disciplinary team then provides a detailed assessment of each individual's autism profile, behaviour and support needs. This informs the needs-driven support plan for the individual's move to one of our autism services.When a person moves into Hollyrood, their unique autism profile is explored in depth. By focussing on social interaction, communication, flexibility of thought and sensory issues, we can evaluate the impact of autism on daily functioning and offer strategies to support this. Initial referrals are generally made via a Local Health Authority or Social Services.

Therapeutic team

Members of staff at Hollyrood are selected for their qualifications and experience, their passion to respect service users as individuals and their ability to support people to achieve their own individual potential and long-term goals.

We recognise that everybody with autism is different and the emphasis on staff training is to equip our team with the skills to enhance communication. We match staff members to service users who share similar interests, which further engenders a sense of working together. As well as the required mandatory training in line with CQC standards, all members of staff receive autism specific training.

The team has developed foundation level person centred training consisting of a four day course -

  • Attitudes and Values
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Person Centred Approach
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions

Advanced level training is also available and is being developed further, this includes -

  • Sensory Issues
  • Mental Capacity
  • Key-Worker Role
  • PCP Facilitation Skills
  • Further Communication
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions and Sexuality
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions and Mental Health

The team are in the process of acquiring endorsement from respected further education establishments to accredit the advanced training to diploma level.