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Autism Initiatives in Scotland

We have been providing direct support services in Scotland since 2004 and have quickly developed our reputation as a flexible, innovative service provider, offering a range of high quality services.

The people we support, like the way we involve them in the planning and delivery of their own service in ways that are meaningful to them.

The families of the people we support, like our commitment to supporting healthy lifestyles, and the fact that we work in partnership with them to provide services and develop the organisation.

The Local Authority and health professionals that we work with, like our commitment to be as flexible as possible, and to tailor each service to the needs of the individual person with autism.

The staff who work for us, like our positive approach and commitment to their development and success.

The services we currently provide in Scotland include:

Number 6
Our One Stop Shop for adults with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism in Lothians. This unique service offers a range of information, advice and social activities to enable adults to live as independently and successfully as possible.

Supported Living Services in:

  • Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
  • Inverleith, Edinburgh
  • Shandon, Edinburgh
  • East Craigs, Edinburgh
  • East Lothian
  • Blackfriars, Edinburgh (for adults with Asperger Syndrome)
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Scottish Borders

Day opportunity resources in Edinburgh and Lothians

Providing purposeful and enjoyable activities for adults with autism throughout the week. The aim of these services is to maximise the use of community facilities, and support service users to develop occupationally fulfilling lifestyles.

Community Outreach services packages of support for individuals with autism in or from their own homes. Support delivered ranges from a few hours per week to more substantial daily input. This is currently available throughout the Lothians region to adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Each package of support is unique to the individual. The focus of the support can include assistance in developing social skills, home-based skills or occupational support.

Residential Care

A unique registered facility in Aberdeenshire which offers an active lifestyle in a rural setting.

Autism Ventures Scotland

Our subsidiary company coordinates the work of our social firm initiatives and provides real occupational opportunities and training to people with autism.(under construction )

New developments

We are actively developing a range of new services throughout Scotland, and welcome enquiries about our existing services and other unmet needs. We have an increasing focus on supporting individuals to develop lifestyles that are healthy, occupationally active and enjoyable.

Quotes from our service users and their families:

“The trust, care and unstinting support shown to my family has been fantastic - after many years of sketchy support from various organisations - finally we find an organisation who understands…needs”
Care Commission report 16.9.09

“My son started a college course - something we never thought possible. I cannot speak highly enough of the Support Workers and management - they always put my son’s needs first and the difference their input has made to our lives is unbelievable.”
Care Commission report 16.9.09

Key contacts:
Richard Ibbotson - National Director Scotland
Cathy Steedman - Assistant Director Scotland

For further details of Autism Initiatives UK in Scotland, please contact us at:
6 Melville Crescent
Edinburgh EH3 7JA
Tel: 0131 240 2370
Fax: 0131 226 2804

Autism Initiatives Scotland: Registered Charity SC040905

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