NO NEED FOR INSTITUTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AND LEARNING DISABILITIES
Last month’s report by Stephen Bubb reviewing the lack of progress in providing local community services is really disappointing, particularly as there are real alternatives from local charities like The Avalon Group who are developing an expertise in supporting individuals with complex needs.
We believe that no one needs to be in a hospital for long periods of time and everyone has the right to live in their own home or in a family environment where they can pursue their interests and keep in contact with family and friends.
Crucially, we are constantly expanding the services we offer, to increase progress and bring more opportunities for people to avoid unnecessary residential home stays.
We do it by ensuring we discover and fully understand each person; their likes and dislikes and the people who are close to them, and then develop a detailed plan to support them to lead the life they choose and allow them to take part in the activities they enjoy.
The focus for the future, if more progress is to be made, should surely be to raise further awareness of the work being done by The Avalon Group and other providers to truly ensure those who need support can make informed decisions about how and where that support is provided.
It takes more planning and preparation than placing people in an institution but the outcome is a hundred times better!!
CEO The Avalon Group