Who we are
For over 50 years, Autism Together has been providing support to people on the autism spectrum, offering a wide range of residential services, supported living, day services and community support from our base in Wirral, UK.
We were formed in 1968 when a group of parents established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children, which later became Autism Together.
Research has shown that specialist education and structured support can really make a difference to the life of an autistic person.
Autism affects everyone differently, so we work with each individual to help them overcome the difficulties the condition presents them with, helping them to lead a creative and fulfilling life.
As a specialist provider of autism-specific support, our organisation recognises that each person has a right to live their life as they choose. In recognising this right we create a shared understanding of each person’s strengths and needs, and ensure each person’s preferred way of communicating these is respected and implemented by all our staff.
Our philosophy remains firmly rooted in a belief that:
- We begin with what people can do, not with what they can’t do, by listening to each individual and acknowledging that they are the expert in their autism.
- Our support begins with the person, along with a shared understanding of what is important to them and what their strengths and needs are.
- Our support approaches are individualised so that staff can meet each person’s communication needs. Staff are trained to be consistent in the way they use communication strategies with individuals.
As the people we support gain new skills, interests and experiences, so our support approaches focus on developing person-centred, lifelong learning.
Our autism strategies help people develop skills by taking into account their communication needs, thinking patterns, social understanding and sensory differences.