Autism Around The Combe
Autism Around the Combe was set up to help parents/carers of autistic individual living in our isolated community (40 mins from any specialist autism help) and provide some much needed services. We also plan to make our community more autism friendly and inclusive by providing training for local businesses and individuals.
- To put in place services that are not provided in our area or are extremely expensive to gain access to. We aim to make autism services available locally and free.
- To become the first autism friendly community in England. By providing free autism training for local businesses and individuals who would like to know more about autism we hope to make our community more inclusive for autistic individuals.
- As sensory items like weighted blankets etc are extremely expensive we aim to provide autistic individuals with a sensory library of items that we can loan out so they can identify which items will benefit them before they buy them.
How we will achieve our goals
The Community Award would help us to provide families with support, training and advice from autism specialist which is difficult to gain in this area. It would also allow us to send several members of our steering group on Picture Exchange Communication System training and starter packs which will allow parents to access these services for free.
Where the money will go
The project will mean that the community will benefit from the skills of many autistic individuals and we hope that the more inclusive our community becomes, the more autistic individuals will gain jobs and housing in the area and not have to live several hours away from family for this to happen.