In March 2017 St. John’s received an Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society.
You can read the full details of our Accreditation report here.
Autism Accreditation aims to set and encourage high standards of provision for autistic adults and children based on a personalised model of support. While methods should be evidence-based and reflect what has been shown to have had positive outcomes for autistic people, the research has also shown that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and therefore it is essential that approaches are tailored for the individual.
Autistic people are entitled to receive practical support if they require it to help them overcome the challenges they face in a society which very often fails to recognise or accommodate their needs. That support needs to be rooted in an understanding that autism is an integral part of who a person is, not a disorder to be treated or suppressed so that the autistic person can present as more ‘normal’. Rather, support needs to work with a person’s autism.
Support should build upon the individual’s strengths, assets, interests and talents and enhance their self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It is not about doing things for the autistic person but rather providing them with the tools, skills and confidence to enable them to take control over their own lives. This process should start from their earliest years and should be the terms of reference by which the quality and impact of support is measured.
Excellent schools and services for autistic people do not work in isolation but rather seek to share good practice to promote more inclusive communities.