ASGMA also provides the following services:
We began the Life Skills project in 2010 in response to the demand from our members for individual 1-2-1 support. Working closely with each individual, we will develop an individualised programme of activities and support. The programmes are designed to provide the confidence and skills that you will need to enjoy an independent life.
Through life skills we are able to provide support that enables people to:
- Live independently
- Settle into new accommodation
- Travel Independently
- Access services in the local area
- Find and maintain employment
- Access appropriate educational opportunities.
All Life Skills support is completely tailored to individual need and circumstances. We currently provide approximately 200 hours per week of support.
Autism Information & Family Support Service
The Autism Information Service is often the lifeline at the end of parent’s nightmare journey and is almost always the first port of call for families post diagnosis. We take the time to listen and give compassionate, direct and effective advice.
- Telephone and email information lines
- Parent Carer Support groups and meetings
- Our Autism Resource Library
- Regular Newsletter
- Leaflets and Information packs
- Training and Awareness events
Education Information Service
The work we do in this area is a response to the demand for support that we receive through the Information Service.
According to a recent survey it has been reported that four in ten children with Autism are illegally excluded from school during any 12 month period. If applied to all of the nearly 80,000 children in England estimated by the department of education to have Autism, this could equate to more than 28,000 illegal exclusions.
During the past 12 months we have been contacted by the NSPCC, Local Education Authorities, psychiatrists, psychologists, GP surgeries, the police, schools, colleges and universities, Social Services, CAMHS and the Department of Work and Pensions – all seeking our help, advice and possible intervention.
Research and first hand observations show that unfortunately many schools do not have the right knowledge, skills or resources to support children on the Autistic Spectrum. Unfortunately parents are all too often called to collect their children early or the child is put onto part time hours. This is not only against the law but it fails to address the underlying need for schools to make reasonable adjustments to include those with Autism.
This adversely affects both the child’s education and also the parents working life which can lead to family breakdown and financial hardship. As schools come under increasing pressure to obtain results and meet targets it is often children with additional needs who are pushed to the side lines.
We are able to provide:
- A dedicated information telephone line to meet the increasing demand from both families and professionals.
- An experienced and skilled Autism practitioner to meet families and support schools and colleges to develop appropriate provision tailored to an individual child’s needs and abilities.
Please contact us if you are experiencing any problems with school or college.