Autism Initiatives do not believe in working within a deficit model, i.e. we do not focus on what people can’t do but on their strengths.
Understanding peoples strengths
We know that people with autism have undoubted strengths such as, learning and following routines and understanding visual information, and that we can support these strengths to offset any areas of difficulty someone may experience. This is our starting point for everybody we support, and we then surround people with good autism practice, and develop supporting resources that are meaningful to them.
We define good autism practice as:
- Use of knowledge of autism to understand each person’s communication, thinking and sensory differences and the impact of these on daily living.
- An attention to detail, to facilitate development of individualised approaches, which acknowledge the person’s autism, to enable people with autism to maximise their existing skills and lead meaningful lives.
We are happy to discuss with you our approaches and underpinning philosophy.
Autistic or person with autism?
There is an ongoing debate over how people with a diagnosis of autism wish to refer to themselves and/or their diagnosis. The phrase ‘person with autism’ (person first) is used frequently in literature, but more recently, there has been a return to the use of the term ‘autistic person’ (or identity first), language. When talking to people, we will use the words preferred by the person to describe themselves. When we write, we will use both ‘person with autism’ and/or ‘autistic person’. We recognise that people can feel strongly about both terminology and language and we do not wish to cause any offence to anyone.
Practice support team
Five Point Star