About ASPiration – Autism Support Service
The Autism Support Service – ASPiration, is for Adults diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism living in Oxfordshire. The service is delivered by Autism at Kingwood and offers short-term support.
The aim of the service is to enable autistic adults to develop and maintain skills, confidence and independence to help them reach their potential. Although the support intervention is short-term, the aim is to give people life-long skills to maintain their independence and ability to overcome barriers.
Advice, information and guidance
We provide information, advice and guidance to help increase understanding of autism and how to live with it. We can provide information about how to get an autism diagnosis and the diagnostic process. We can signpost to or help access other organisations and services if these are appropriate.
For people with a diagnosis of autism and additional support needs we offer:
Structured Learning Workshops
We provide various skills workshops that are run throughout the year. The aim of the workshops is to support people to develop their skills in key social and practical areas. We provide face-to-face group workshops and online workshops, for anyone unable to attend or who would prefer to access information online. For more information about the skills workshops and availability please contact the Aspiration team.
If an individual has support needs that cannot be met through the structured learning programme or with advice and guidance, we can offer one-to-one support. This support is short-term and focused on specific goals the individual wants to work on. The support is person centred and specifically tailored to the individuals needs. Support is short-term up to 6 months.
Eligibility Criteria for Support
All of the following criteria must be met to be eligible for psychosocial support:
- Have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism
- Over 18 years old
- Living in Oxfordshire
- Not eligible for or in receipt of a social care personal budget
- Not open to or under the care of Adult Mental Health Services
How can I access the service?
Contact the team via phone, text, or email for an informal chat to discuss your needs and the services offered.
If you are eligible for the service, we can book you onto our programme of skills workshops.
If you are eligible and wish to receive one-to-one support, we will ask you to complete a referral form. Once we receive a referral form for support, we will arrange an informal assessment to establish what support you would like, and how we can help you to achieve your goals.
If eligible you will be offered a series of one-to-one support sessions individually tailored to your needs. Support sessions can be face-to-face or via phone, email or Skype.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us run the service. If you would like to volunteer please contact us to discuss opportunities within the service and when our next training dates are.
Unfortunately we cannot provide on-going long-term support on a weekly basis. If an individual requires this level of support we suggest undergoing a Social Care Act needs assessment. This can be arranged by contacting Oxfordshire’s Social and Health Care Team on 0345 050 7666.
For more information about the Care Act eligibility and assessment visit the oxfordshire.gov website.
If you live outside of Oxfordshire please contact your GP or Adult\Children’s Social Care Team for advice and information about services in your area.