Benefits of personalising autism services

Personalisation can have a positive impact on the lives of people who use it. Coming up with person-centred plans and goals can bring people together, energise them and create a positive environment for people to think about what they want and how to get it.[58]

For many adults, a diagnosis of autism is arguably only as useful as the personalised, appropriate services to which it then leads, and indications are that specialised, individualised services can achieve better outcomes.[10] Some people with autism require flexible services completely tailored to them as individuals for their needs to be met effectively. Social care services may need adjustments in order to be suitable for autistic people. For example, large, shared residential homes can be inappropriate for people who have complex social, communication and sensory needs.[45]

Giving people with autism and their support network choices over who supports them and how this should happen, through a personal budget, creates an opportunity to get exactly the right person for the job, including, where appropriate, a family member or a friend who knows the person really well.