Autism AdvocacyWhat can I offer?

Lots of autistics and parents of autistic children find it difficult to access the services they need. If you are finding it difficult to get the help you need I will do my best to help.

 

What services can I help you to access

I will consider helping an autistic person to access almost anything. However I have most experience in the areas of social care, education (both school and higher education), benefits, employment, leisure activities, obtaining funding and the legal system (including criminal justice).

For those seeking help with the adult social care system, I have some quick guides available on:

Autistic access to assessment/reassessment

Care planning - time limits and delays

Charging for social care - Disability related expenses


What don’t I do

I am not a solicitor and cannot offer legal advice. Nor can I offer counselling or psychological support.

What will happen if you contact me?

If you email me asking for help with a particular problem I will do one of three things:

(1) Tell you where you can get appropriate help

In many cases there are good local services which can support you in getting the services you need. As I can’t take on all cases myself, I offer a free referral service. This means that, if I think you can get support from someone else I will suggest the best place to get that support. So if you are not sure where to turn do email me and I will try to help.

(2) Explain why what you are hoping for is impossible or very unlikely

It may be that what you need is a service which doesn’t exist or that the legal or policy situation in the UK means you just can’t get. If this is the case I will be honest with you.

(3) Take on your case myself

I have limited time and only take on personally advocacy cases where I believe I am the only source of help. If this happens I will discuss with you further exactly what help I can provide in your case. [Although I try very hard to help as many people as I can, I reserve the right to turn down any case for any reason and cannot guarantee a response.]

If you think I may be able to help you please contact me.