About Us

Autism Hampshire was founded by the late Mr and Mrs Philip White MBE and a group of local parents of children with autism in Southampton in the mid-1960’s. 

Over the years the charity has worked hard to provide high quality services that meet the diverse need of people on the autism spectrum in Hampshire and the surrounding area. We are now proudly able to provide autism focused Training, Domiciliary Care, Supported Living services, Mentoring and Community Access Team that responds to an average of 12,000 requests for help each year. 

Autism Hampshire is an independent regional charity with our Head Office situated at 1634 Parkway, Solent Business Park, Whiteley, Hampshire, PO15 7AH. 

Registered office number: 01489 880 881 

Registered charity number: 288141

It is our VISION to create a better future for people on the autism spectrum.

It is our MISSION to create opportunities, challenge perceptions, enhance choices and provide high quality services to meet the diverse needs of people on the autism spectrum.

Through our understanding of autism and the impact it has on the individual, we work with people to help them develop skills and strategies to gain greater control over their lives.

 

Our Approach to Autism 

Person centred planning is based upon a set of shared values that can be used to plan with the person and not for them. Person centred planning is an approach designed to assist an individual to plan their life and support, in order to develop their independence and support their self-development and determination.


Planning should build a person's circle of support and involve all of the people who are important in that person's life. Person centred planning is owned and controlled by the person (and sometimes their closest family and friends).

There is a significant difference between person centred planning and person centred approaches that must be remembered;

  • Person centred planning is about gathering information from the person to support them to plan their life, present and future. 
  • Person centred approaches is ensuring that as staff the support we deliver to an individual is done in the way in which that person wants and needs it to be carried out. 

Not everyone will have a person centred plan as not everyone will choose this. It is essential that our support staff encourage individuals to have a person centred plan but respect when they make the decision that they do not want one.  If an individual chooses not to have a plan then it is crucial that our support staff document and evidence this. 

It is also important to recognise that for some individuals with autism the concept of planning for now or the future can be a difficult concept to understand.  On this basis it is essential that those involved in the person’s life steer decision making and inform the staff about the personal likes, dislikes, needs, and what they think the person might want.

From things that may seem trivial to you or I, such as how bright the light bulbs are in the persons bedroom, to more significant decisions about whether the person may want to move.  Feeling listened to, recognised as an individual and respected is key to our approach to autism. 

As person centred plans are individualised; there are no set tools and methods for developing them.  It is about being creative and working with the person to ensure that the process and tools used are in a format that meets the person’s needs.