We support many people with autism across our services. These include:
- Housing support and care at home services
- Our activities hub
- At college and university by our student support service
Our services are person-centred and flexible to ensure we meet the specific needs of the people we support, putting the individual with autism at the heart of their support.
We ensure we get to know each person so we fully understand how to communicate and relate to them and how they interact with others, situations and environments. We understand that communication and interaction do not always involve the use of speech and language so we use the most appropriate method of communication for each individual.
We utilise an outcomes tool called Outcome Star to assess and plan each person’s support and have a specific star called Spectrum Star for people who have autism. We encourage everyone we support to be as involved as they can be in developing appropriate support for them by using the Star.
We work closely with other professionals to ensure we provide an excellent standard of support. This includes:
- Care managers
- Psychologists and psychiatrists
- Speech and language therapy
- Community Mental Health Team
- The National Autistic Society
We value family and carer input and work closely with them through the person’s transition to a new service and while they are supported by us.
We have two services that have achieved accreditation with the National Autistic Society. These are:
- Our Crieff service at Millnab Street. This service offers housing support and care at home to people with learning disabilities and autism.
- Our student support service which supports students who attend Dundee and Angus College, Perth College, Dundee University, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Abertay University as well as Highlands and Islands University (Perth Campus).
- We have other services currently working toward accreditation
We use the National Autistic Society standards as a benchmark for all or services that support people with autism. These services are all registered with the Care Inspectorate.
Hillcrest Futures is committed to The Scottish Autism Strategy vision to ensure that “individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, accepted and valued by their communities and have confidence in services to treat them fairly so that they are able to have meaningful and satisfying lives.”