Kingwood assists people with learning disabilities to live independently
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Kingwood College

There is good evidence to suggest that special life skills training and educational programmes can develop the skills and abilities of young people with autism to enable them to achieve greater independence and participate in paid work. Our model of support is uniquely based on research and will be centred around purpose-built, residential accommodation for five young adults with private, communal and outdoor facilities.

We believe five is the optimum number for young people with autism to be living communally.

The design of the building is the result of a research partnership with the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art.  A new method of support for this age group has been developed with The University of Bangor called Active Support and it is now widely recognised that the design of residential buildings can have a profound effect on the health, well-being and behaviour of people with autism. At the heart of Kingwood Collegesethos is the person centred planning for each individual we support. Kingwood focuses on life-skills training and the people we support will complete appropriate ASDAN qualifications for their needs.

For more information please contact Kingwood on 0118 9310143 or email.

Living in the heart of the local community, students will be encouraged and supported to take part in a variety of leisure and recreational activities including swimming, discos and watching football matches.  Our objective is to enable young adults with autism to make the transition to adult life equipped with the skills they need and with the ability to develop self-confidence and independence. Whilst many residential colleges for people with autism are in remote areas, research underlines the importance of being within a community.