#SpeakUp 2021 - Asperger's Children and Carers Together (ACCT)

ACCT is a parent and carer-led support group for autistic children and young people and their families in Sheffield. They run social and activity groups for a variety of age groups, as well as regular peer support meetings for parent-carers.
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. 

Accessing support for children with autism - a parent-carer perspective

ACCT dedicated 7 of their regular peer support meetings to discuss experiences of health and social care services in Sheffield, speaking to 83 people, and ran an online survey reaching an additional 18 people.

People spoke to them about a range of topics including:

  • Experiences of statutory services
  • The provision of information (regarding assessment, diagnosis, and support)
  • Accessing support for children in nursery and school
  • The importance of peer support for parent-carers

We also heard about particularly positive and negative experiences families had encountered, and what they wish they had known earlier about the process of accessing support in Sheffield.

We hope that learning from these experiences will help to improve services for families and make support better and more streamlined.

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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