Independent Advocacy and the Autism Spectrum:
Ceartas provides Independent Advocacy to adults in East Dunbartonshire on the Autism Spectrum.
Independent Advocacy is a way for people on the Autism Spectrum to get information about their rights, about the services and support they can access, to have as much control as possible over their lives, and to make sure their voices are heard properly.
The Autism Spectrum is, as the name suggests, a wide-ranging category that includes people with mild social, planning and organisational issues; through to people who experience severe, life-limiting communication and cognition issues. Ceartas can help people on the Autism Spectrum with issues like:
- Communicating with Social Work and Health
- Accessing support services
- Getting extra help to support you in education and employment.
Ceartas can support people on the Autism Spectrum by giving them information about their options and their rights, supporting them with accessing services and support, and making sure they get the help they really want.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.