He is a typical 33-year-old, sharing a house with three housemates, going to the gym twice a week, playing football, and hanging out with his friends. He works in a cycle repair shop fixing the bikes that customers bring in, changing worn bolts and replacing cables. It’s a busy workplace and he gets a lot of satisfaction from his job. He also finds time each week to volunteer at New Chapters (Langdon’s online second-hand bookstore) and to care for his thriving garden at home.
Most of us probably know of someone on the autistic spectrum. If you include family members, autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million people across the country. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. It’s a spectrum disorder which means it affects everyone differently. People with autism have particular difficulty with communication skills and building relationships with other people. For many, everyday life can be extremely challenging.
As Justin told us:
“I find it hard to follow verbal instructions. I don’t like noise. It’s difficult for me to make choices; sometimes I need help just choosing what to have for lunch.”
At Langdon, we know that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to supporting someone with autism. We tailor a package of support for our Members to meet their individual needs. Rather than focusing on their disabilities, we assess their strengths and, crucially, their aspirations, giving Langdon Members like Justin control of their lives.
As a result, our members live independently, enjoy active social lives and work. In fact, 50% of our members are in paid work compared to 17% of people with Learning Disabilities nationally.
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