Improving access to social care for adults with autism

The barriers to the benefits

Of the people with autism with whom we spoke, those who used a personal budget were generally positive about the personalisation of their social care, with over 80 per cent of them viewing the budget as working well, or well 'to some extent' (7). However, very few people we surveyed (11) had access to a personal budget, and as local authorities continue to roll them out, there is a challenge to be met in ensuring that people with autism take advantage.  

Various barriers to personalisation were cited by people in our research (7):

These concerns reflect wider anxieties about how people with autism will be affected by personalisation. Certainly there are barriers:

Person-centred working can also be hampered by inflexibility within systems, poor communication between agencies and with users and families and by ever-tighter financial restrictions (54).