At The Maples we seek to provide an environment that encourages personal development, confidence and independence, and service users are encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of IT and educational packages. Staff members are selected for their qualifications and experience, their commitment to respecting service users as individuals and their ability to support people to achieve their individual potential and long-term goals.
The Disabilities Trust is committed to developing person centred plans to maximise service users' independence and encourage them to attain their full potential. We actively promote the involvement of families, and seek to involve service users in every decision that affects their lives, as well as offering support, education and continuing help to their carers and friends.
Our Autism services support people to develop their social, vocational and recreational skills and ensure that each person is fully involved in all decisions affecting their lives. We make sure that any complaints are listened to and responded to within given timescales and regularly review and monitor our service to ensure effectiveness.
The staff team receive a range of autism specific training, and our buildings and environments are developed to reflect the specific needs of the residents. We have our own psychology and speech and language department, also available to the four houses in the community, which offers advice and support.
Our Autism services' strategy of 'Life Long Learning' encourages service users to access educational training courses and vocational training so that they have an opportunity to secure paid employment if they choose and to live life more independently.
Autism is lifelong conditions that can seriously affect a person's communication, use of imagination and social interaction, making the world an uncertain and often frightening place to inhabit. Without the right support, it can have a profound and often disabling effect on individuals and families. The term 'spectrum' is used because, while and no two people have the same needs, all people with autism share three main areas of difficulty to varying degrees- sometimes referred to as a 'triad' of impairments.
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.
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