#SpeakUp 2021 - Autism Hope

Autism Hope are a support group for parents and carers of children with autism. They are based in North Sheffield and meet weekly, providing a space for friendship, understanding and support
SpeakUp grants scheme 2021

Our #SpeakUp small grants scheme awards funding to local community, voluntary, or not-for-profit groups, enabling them to engage with their communities about what matters to them. 

Navigating support for children with autism - how can families' experiences be improved?

Autism Hope spoke to the parents of 37 children with autism and/or other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

They wanted to understand people's experiences of:

  • Getting a diagnosis
  • Accessing support from services for their children
  • Accessing support for themselves as a parent-carer

We heard that getting the right support in place can feel like a "battle" and that parent-carers fear being judged when they reach out for help. We also heard about experiences of support from a whole range of specialist services, including Ryegate Children's Centre, Speech and Language Therapy, and the Autism Team. 

We hope that learning from these experiences - both positive and negative - will help to improve and streamline support for families in Sheffield.

To read in detail about people's experiences, and the recommendations we've made for improvement, read the report below.


If you need these documents in a different format, please email info@healthwatchsheffield.co.uk or call 0114 253 6688.

Read the report

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