Adults with learning disabilities and autism
If you or someone you care for have been diagnosed with a learning disability and/or associated autism, we provide a range of services that can help you to live a supported, more fulfilled life. We will discuss some of our services and let you know of other community resources available.
If you are concerned for an adult at risk of harm or neglect with care or support needs, visit adult safeguarding.
Assessment for care
If you have not had an assessment with us before, we may be able to support you or a person you care for by assessing your care needs. Our services can be made by self-referral, by a family member, carer, and by referral through your social care worker or health care professional. Your social care worker will complete your care assessment. Then you'll receive access to support services that are available in your local community and through our networks and services.
Respite care is a short-term care option enabling you as a caregiver to get some rest while knowing that the person you care for is safe. Some options available are:
- Westminster House respite centre provides care for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 with physical and learning disabilities
- Shared Lives carers provide support in their own homes for day support, overnight stays, and respite
- Personal Assistants in care (PA) can offer respite support in your own home to suit your care needs.
Support services available
Adults with learning disabilities may benefit from a range of support services, such as:
- care home options available on the island
- learning how Advocacy can help if you struggle to get your thoughts and wishes heard
- help with employment skills and getting a job
- finding out about education and apprenticeships
- getting involved in leisure and social activities
- Local Offer and the information it provides
- local autism support services
- local learning disabilities support services
- assistive technology to help you live independently.
Also, you can learn more about the Autism Act and read our Adult Learning Disability Strategy in partnership with the Isle of Wight’s NHS Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and People Matter.