Over the years we have developed a distinct understanding of, and approach to, the support needs of people with autism. These values and ethos are embodied in a philosophy which informs our practice.
‘We work in partnership with people with autism, their families and professionals; enabling the people we support to become increasingly successful in daily activities through the development of their communication and thinking skills.'
‘We work within a culture of lifelong learning for both service users and staff. We focus on the development of self-esteem and the ‘feel good’ factor, and ensure that everything we do is user-led.’
Autism Initiatives are proud to be members of the national organisation ‘Autism Alliance’. As members we have jointly agreed a philosophy that reflects a shared approach and vision to supporting people with autism spectrum condition which strengthens and maintains an ‘autism culture’ within our organisations:
As an alliance, we hold shared beliefs and values relating to the individual potential of people on the autism spectrum.
- People with autism will always continue to develop skills and strategies, and that we can demonstrate positive outcomes for the people we support.
- People with autism have significant strengths and can utilise these to continue to learn and develop skills that enable them to participate as independent and valued citizens, enjoying equal rights and opportunities.
- An eclectic, flexible approach utilising unique personalised resources and approaches is necessary to support the development of individual skills.
- That through working alongside people with autism and developing ‘power with’ relationships, effective strategies can be developed that enable them to contribute to and be consulted on all aspects of their lives.
- Consultation through listening to people who use the service, and their representatives, is key to effective, evolving services.
- Research and the experience of people with autism within services demonstrate their unique vulnerability to over direction, resulting in a dependence on support which may be perceived as a ‘need’ rather than as a consequence of staff approaches.
- We believe that what makes good services different is the ability of staff to look behind what they see and hear, avoiding neuro-typical interpretations and to recognise the underlying or intended meaning of behaviour or communication.
Practice support team
Five Point Star