Your Voice Counts: Sheffield Autistic Society

In October and November 2018, Healthwatch Sheffield were invited to three meetings run by Sheffield Autistic Society. We listened to adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families/carers about their experiences
Healthwatch volunteer standing infront of a Healthwatch sign saying 'talk to us'.

We listened to adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families/carers about their experiences of accessing health and care services in Sheffield.

People spoke to us about a huge variety of services, but common themes arose about their experiences. The people we spoke to also shared ideas to help improve their experience of accessing health and care services, including greater awareness of autism among staff, and making documents more accessible and easier to read.

Common themes:

  • Many people with sensory issues struggle with how loud and bright clinical environments can be
  • People wanted more time with their doctor or care worker in order to build a trusting relationship
  • Some people need more specialist support in order to access services (for instance older people, and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee backgrounds)

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You can read the briefing here:

Your Voice Counts: Sheffield Autistic Society

Health and Social Organisations in the city shared responses to the briefing, which you can read here:

Response from services

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