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What is community care and why is it relevant to me?

Community care is the non-medical services provided by social services departments to help anyone over the age of 18 in the community who has additional needs because of a disability such as autism.

Services might include:

  • Day care
  • Assistance with housing
  • Equipment
  • Other services to meet your specific needs

Some community care services are also available to children.
In order to access this care, you will need to be assessed by a social worker.

If you are still attending school and have a statement, social services will be involved in your transition planning and drawing up a care plan.

Some local authorities give the option of direct payments so that the individual has more choice in the type of support they need.


For full details about community care options, visit Directgov.

You can also find details on the NAS website.