The aim of the Autism Strategy for Stirling and Clackmannanshire is to ensure that children and adults with ASD are supported throughout their life journey and are able to experience equal opportunities in terms of their learning, emotional and physical well-being, and quality of life.
Consultation with stakeholders highlighted a number of issues around the clarity of services available locally, as well as the exclusion of individuals with ASD from many main stream opportunities.
Whilst many parents with children of school age report positive experiences in terms of support provided by schools, it is evident that when children leave school that support often falls apart.
In the process of implementing the strategy we have developed a Directory of Services which holds information for over 180 local services. The directory includes information on the type of service provided, eligibility criteria, route of referral, and contact details.
The range of support available is categorised under the following headings:
- Children’s Day Care and Care at Home Services
- Services for Early Years
- Education Support
- Residential schools for children
- Adult Day Care and Care at Home Services
- Residential Services for adults
- Further Education Support Services
- Employment Support Services
- Information Services
- Advocacy Services
- Social Groups and Leisure Activity Centres
- Carer Support Services
- Training Services
- Respite and Short Break opportunities for people with ASD
- Respite and Short Break opportunities for Carers
- Sexual Health and Relationship Services
- Mediation and Legal Services
- Benefits advice