Autism Wessex is a charity run in Dorset. Their help is varied and far reaching. They provide three main areas of support:
- Portfield School: a non-maintained special school based in Christchurch, Dorset, was founded in 1971 by parents of children with autism. Managed by Autism Wessex, the school supports children and young people with autism and associated difficulties aged 3-19.
- Autism Advice Services: offer free information and advice on a range of autism related topics to help people with autism, families and professionals to access services and plan for the future. Advice and information is available on diagnosis, education, behaviour, employment, benefits and support services. The service also includes drop-in groups, benefits workshops and autism training programmes.
- Community Support and Residential Services: Community Support and Residential Services offer a range of personalised social care services for people with autism and associated difficulties.
They have also developed ‘Autism Alert Cards’. An autism alert card can enable other people to help you if you are in difficulties. Autism alert cards will be issued free of charge to people aged over 10 years on the autism spectrum, which includes Asperger syndrome, who are residents in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Replacement cards cost £1.