When you first get in touch with Assert you will be asked to come along to an informal meeting with our Autism Support Advisor. This is to introduce and explain our services, find out a little more about you, and to see if our services will match any of your needs and aspirations. If Assert are the right service to offer you support and social and learning opportunities, we will ask you to complete our registration forms. Once registered with Assert, you are then potentially able to access some wider services within Assert.
Short term casework- Registered members are welcome to call or email to book a casework meeting with Liam Ragless, our Autism Support Advisor.
Casework meetings can be to get advice, advocacy, guidance and signposting around Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), help with any specific needs/issues, emotional and practical ASC related support. Areas of support include: Employment; Housing; Diagnosis route advice; Post diagnosis guidance; Understanding the condition; Advocacy with meetings, phone calls, letters; Local signposting; General autism advice. This is task-focused and can be one or two sessions per case- we do not offer ongoing support. There is usually about a 2-4 week waiting list for casework meetings.
We can now also offer some extended work through our Support Sessions – this is a new project (as of Nov 2019) that can offer up 7 hours of support with our Case Worker Jenna Dadak. The support sessions are spread over 7 hours. You will work together to break down either an aspiration you’d like to achieve, task that you need to complete or an issue you’re experiencing that you might need some extra support, advice or advocacy with in order to achieve your goal.
Please note that sadly we are unable to offer long term on-going 1:1 support. This is due to the demand for appointments.