Meeting with Grampian Autistic Society

On the 18th October, Jane and Gareth met up with Craig Henderson, Training and Development Co-ordinator at the Society’s premises in Carnie Drive, Aberdeen.

Jane and Craig had met at a recent autism event which was organised by Aberdeen City Council and now that the National Autistic Society’s One Stop Shop has closed we thought it would be of mutual interest to meet up.

LAC will continue to work primarily with adults with learning disabilities aged 16-65, however, as some of the people we receive referrals for are on the autistic spectrum in addition to their learning disability it is essential that we use the expertise of the specialist autism services.

Craig explained what GAS do in Aberdeen, including Outreach work, but where we could connect more would be with Craig’s role with Employment Support.

Craig can try and find employment opportunities for people and also help support them once they start working. Should LAC receive more referrals for people with autism we can see the two organisations working closer together.

This was a very positive meeting and Jane and I look forward to the possibility of working closer with GAS in the future. One reciprocal piece of work would be that if Craig finds an employment opportunity for someone LAC could possibly help with independent travel training.

To find out more about Grampian Autistic Society please click on the red link at the top of the page.