In March 2010 the Sussex Autistic Community Trust changed its name to Autism Sussex. With a new name comes the opportunity to better promote its work across the whole of the county and to build upon the work it has undertaken since its formation in 1989.
The general philosophy of Autism Sussex is to provide a safe base for people with autistic spectrum conditions, where their special needs are recognised and from which they may take full advantage of community opportunities. Autism Sussex aims to enable its service-users to play as full a part in their community as appropriate to each individual. Emphasis is placed on an enabling role to foster independence and self-determination.
Whatever their level of ability or patterns of behaviour, all people with autistic spectrum conditions are socially naive and extremely vulnerable, largely oblivious to the common dangers of life. To support them, Autism Sussex, employs highly motivated and well-trained staff to provide a level of support appropriate to each individual.
Autism Sussex has already acheived Accreditation status with the National Autism Accreditation Programme, a specialist quality mark provided under the umbrella of the National Autistic Society. The standards demanded by this programme are over and above those made by the registering authority, which is East Sussex County Council.
Each year Autism Sussex produces an Annual Review, which is available to the general public to read.