Scottish Government’s Self-Directed Support website

Self-directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over the individual budget spent on their support.

In other words, SDS is the support a person purchases or arranges to meet agreed health and social care outcomes.

The Scottish Government’s Self-Directed Support (SDS) website is a one-stop-shop for information about Self-Directed Support for people who use social care services and health and social care professionals.

You can view the website here.


Autism Trainer Manual

Sue Hatton and Elizabeth Attfield have published a resource titled ‘Autism Trainer Manual’. This manual is for anyone with responsibility for delivering autism awareness training. The manual covers all the learning outcomes for the level 2 health and social care unit, introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions.

The manual and accompanying DVD-ROM includes:

• a comprehensive introduction

• five detailed session plans

• two SCIE Social Care TV clips

• PowerPoint presentations for each sessions

• activity sheets for learners

• handouts summarising the key learning points

The manual also includes one copy of the study book An Introduction to Supporting People with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (2011) by Sue Hatton and Tom Boughton. Additional copies of the book for learners can be purchased from BILD.

For more information about BILD books and services go to


A Guide for Health Professionals working with Women with Autism


Scottish Women with Autism Network (SWAN) in association with Autism Network Scotland launched its first information flier: A Guide for Health Professionals working with Women with Autism.

SWAN was established in August of 2012. It aims to raise awareness of how autism affects females, challenging entrenched misconceptions such as autism being a male-only condition and any perceptions of autism as having one-shape-or-size.

SWAN is currently a fledgling organisation hoping to stretch its wings in time, with a wider remit, bigger membership and increased resources.

One of SWAN’s first initiatives is the production of leaflets aimed towards groups who may come into contact with women with autism on a professional, or work basis. SWAN is planning to produce a parallel set of documents to assist females with autism as they have to liaise with various individuals and bodies.

The pilot leaflet provides pointers that SWAN hopes will be of value to health professionals as they engage with women who are on the autism spectrum.

Aimed at those working in clinical environment this first leaflet highlights the importance of being understanding and flexible with your patient as she may have issues which make effective patient/practitioner interactions challenging. She may have trouble identifying and appropriately communicating what she is experiencing eg the location and nature of pain. She may also have difficulty understanding and interpreting any questions or instructions or responding appropriately.

SWAN would highly appreciate any constructive feedback on this first venture! You can email your thoughts, suggestions and comment to


Young Scotland’s Got Talent – Information Directory

People who can help you plan your career. West of Scotland Directory.


In February 2013, Values Into Action Scotland (VIAS) compiled a directory full of useful contacts in the Greater Glasgow area for young people who are leaving school and thinking about their future.  The directory contains information about colleges, supported employment services, Self Directed Support, as well as benefits and Jobcentre information.

To view online, open the attachment here.  If you would like a hard copy posted to you, then please contact VIAS directly.


An Ordinary Life

Perspectives on living life to the full. The needs, rights and aspirations of people with Aspergers.


The writing group for this document was made up of members of the Asperger Forum, with contributions from their invitees from Edinburgh and Lothian Asperger’s Scoiety and Autism Rights Group Highland and associated professionals who were invited by the Forum members to take part.


It is hoped that “An Ordinary Life” will contribute to a wider understanding of inclusion-exclusion issues for people on the Spectrum, as well as giving a shared voice to people with AS and professionals on a range of relevant topics generated through personal experience and group discussion.