Having money, feeling safe, and gaining a job are all things that matter for all of us but imagine just how important they are for adults with autism.
Making the transition from childhood to adulthood comes with many unanswered questions; will I get a job? Will I be able to afford somewhere to live? Will I meet someone? What will the future hold?
Taking these concerns seriously Goldcrest House ensure service users feel they are independently enabled whilst safe in the knowledge they have the full support and back-up of the service.
Trish Patrickson, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “The whole point of ensuring our service users have their say is to ensure people with autism or learning difficulties are valued equally, listened to, and treated with respect and dignity.
“This is why we are constantly looking for employment opportunities for our service users who wish to earn extra money. We are also part of a wider campaign in Goole to encourage ‘safer places’ whereby local shops become a safe haven for anyone with autism or learning difficulties requiring a safe place to retreat should they need it. It really is about recognising their needs are no different to ours, it’s just the way those needs are perceived.”
Feeling safe for someone with autism may be different to how we perceive safe. For instance, walking down a busy high street can be disorientating and trigger severe anxiety. Gaining a job doesn’t necessarily mean a powerful career, but rather an occupation where their talent or passion is allowed to flourish. Money is a priority for a lot of us, but for someone with autism, it means independence, which could be the difference between getting out and purchasing a cup of coffee in their local café or not.