We see the person first and their autism as part of the richness that makes them unique.
We have developed considerable experience of supporting people with autism to live full, active lives in their communities and reputation for delivering robust, responsive support which is individually tailored to a person’s unique experience of autism.
Each person is supported by a small staff team who have had autism specific training and who are committed to sticking with people through life’s ups and downs. And we work closely with colleagues within our housing section to explore environmental adaptations and solutions to ensure people's homes meet their needs.
Our organisational strategy is aligned to the Scottish Strategy for Autism and outlines our commitment to improving the lives of people with autism and their families through:
- Working in partnership with the person, their family, and multi-agency professionals
- Recognising the importance of behaviour as means of communication and responding positively to behaviour which may challenge
- Ensuring our staff have the necessary skills for providing good, predictable, person-centred support
- Recognising the importance of the person’s environment and adapting this to promote their wellbeing
- Building the person’s capacity for enjoying life within their local community.
We have extensive in-house autism and behavioural support expertise, with a range of specialist training available to teams. Several of our staff have professional autism qualifications and we have an Autism Practice Development Group, which meets several times a year to ensure our practice is informed by the latest autism policy and research developments. External speakers regularly provide their expert input to the group, including parents, people with autism and professional colleagues. We also maintain close links with Autism Network Scotland around this area of our work.