Autism Initiatives in the Isle of Man
Working in partnership with service users, government agencies, families and carers, we aim to provide bespoke flexible services informed by good autism practice and supported by our organisational philosophy. The Team is based at The Oaks in Ramsey, and provides a community-based outreach service primarily for people with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. The service is outcome focused, and so provides varying levels of support to people dependent on need. It also supports a lively social group every week with a range of fun activities which anyone can access.
As well as providing an office base for the support team, The Oaks is a resource centre for parents and professionals, with meeting and training rooms and information resources.
The Oaks also offers activities and workshops to individuals with ASC, which include, developing independent living skills, computer resources, a sensory room and a walking and conservation group.
The last two years have seen substantial growth for Autism Initiatives Isle of Man, we now employ over 50 staff, and are involved in a number of new innovative services for the Island including,
24 hour residential provision,
Supported living service
Supported employment project
Children and Young person services
The development of a centre for people with autism
In 2006 Autism Initiatives were approached by both the Department of Education and Social Services to provide a 24-hour residential service for a young person with severe autism. The project was innovative and based on the principle that every child is entitled to develop in an environment which is conducive to learning.
As a result of the sensory and communication issues inherent within autism, we recognise that this will not always be possible within a formal class setting. The project has proved to be a resounding success - the young person has made significant progress and all parties involved with the project, including parents, education and social services, have acknowledged the appropriateness and effectiveness of the placement.
As a result of the success of the initial 24 hour provision Autism Initiatives were approached by Social Services to provide a similar service for two more young people with autism. This service has also proved a success.
The development of a centre for people with autism on the Island is a very exciting project, and one that is in great demand. At present we are at the building stage and work is being carried out on the canteen and multi purpose room, the computer suite/internet café and the office. Work is also soon to start on five flats to accommodate a supported living service for adults with autism.
The Isle of Man has made a real commitment to providing better services for people with autism, and Autism Initiatives Isle of Man continues to support this and applauds this commitment.