What is Autism?
Autism spectrum condition (ASC) is a developmental condition which affects how someone experiences the world around them. It can make communicating with others difficult and can cause great anxiety but it can also mean that the person has an interesting and unusual way of looking at things.
Can it be cured?
No, it is a lifelong condition but on the other hand, many autistic people wouldn’t want to be ‘cured’ because it is their condition that makes them who they are. However, it is sometimes the case that someone’s ASC means that they experience difficulties in certain areas of life and they might want to improve this. DAS can offer many different types of support that will help them to achieve their goals.
Does DAS only work with children?
No, we provide support for anyone affected by autism and we work hard to make sure that the transition from child into adulthood is as stress free as possible.
How do I go about getting a diagnosis?
Derbyshire has a good track record of assisting people to get a diagnosis. Ideally the initial referral for an assessment should come through your GP. However, it is possible is make a self referral and we will support you through this process. The process can take some time as it is very detailed and can involve a wide range of professionals.
Even before you have a diagnosis we can provide support to guide you through this.
Can someone with autism get a decent job?
Definitely! There are often many aspects of someone’s autism that mean that they might be great at specific things, such as attention to detail, consistency, timekeeping, knowledge of their subject etc.
I want to get a job, will you help explain my difficulties to employers?
Yes, we’ve worked with many local employers to make sure that they understand what they need to know to get the best out of an employee with autism.
I don’t think that I need ‘support’, just a bit of a helping hand from time to time.
That’s basically what we do, ‘support’ is just one handy word to cover everything we offer. Our services range from one to one time with a regular individual to access leisure opportunities and practical activities like shopping, through group events, activities and socials, right through to half an hour’s chat over a cup of tea looking at filling a form in.
We really are all about you and what you need and want.