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St Andrews Sign Charter

Pictured Jane Howson Chief Executive of Autism East Midlands (left) with Lisa Powell Service Director St Andrew’s Autism Pathway (right)

In support of World Autism Awareness Month leading representatives from both St Andrew’s and Autism East Midlands gathered together for the official signing of the Autism Charter, the signing took place at St Andrew’s in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

St Andrew’s Nottinghamshire provides specialist secure services and comprehensive care pathways for patients diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. St Andrew’s are one of the latest organizations to sign the Autism Charter as part of on-going work and training provided by Autism East Midlands, partner of the Autism Alliance.

Lisa Powell, Service Director St Andrew’s Autism Pathway said, “As a service committed to working with people with autism it was a fitting way to mark World Autism Awareness week with the signing of the Autism Charter. Our commitment to the Charter gives us a real opportunity to work in an autism-friendly way with our service users, whilst ensuring we are skilling our staff team to provide effective and meaningful support. It also allows us the opportunity to look at living, working and therapeutic environments from a different perspective, in order to enrich the lives of our service users.”

Jane Howson, Chief Executive of Autism East Midlands, adds “Autism East Midlands was delighted that St Andrews decided to sign the Charter as part of this Department of Health funded project. This demonstrates their commitment to providing high quality services to people with autism. We are also delighted to be working with them on an ongoing basis around vocational pathways for individuals leaving their care.”

The Autism Charter was developed by a group of people with autism and sets out realistic and achievable aspirations for venues aiming to be autism-friendly. By signing the Autism Charter businesses and organizations show their willingness to become autism-friendly and commit to receive free training from the Autism Alliance UK on this occasion delivered by Autism Alliance Partner, Autism East Midlands. Many venues and also individuals have already signed up to the Autism Charter including Rolls Royce, Notts County Football Club, Support Dogs, Butlins and the NHS trusts within Nottingham and South Yorkshire.