Prior's Court specialist autism services include an independent special School, Young Adult Provision and education and training centre. By focusing on autism, Prior's Court is able to offer a highly specialised approach to support and enable progress for a group of young people for whom other services have not been successful. The aim being to provide the young people with a toolkit of skills to help them live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.
To educate the local community about Prior's Court and autism we invite the public to attend an Open Day each June, this is attended by 300 people. We also hold an annual conference and education sessions which the local community are invited to, supporting development of autism expertise. We have external students from local Schools who visit Prior's Court for work experience placements and we work with local special needs schools who come to participate in events such as art and music.
We focus on teaching independent living skills such as dressing or eating independently and on building vocational skills with a thriving horticulture project and a small farmyard where students can learn to feed and care for animals. Skills taught onsite such as road safety or eating as a family group are then practised out in the community. For families the greatest achievements may be the first time a family can go out with their son or daughter to eat in a restaurant or visit a park.
Fundraising volunteers for collecting, volunteers to assist in the office, volunteers in our Countryside Learning Centre and ambassadors to represent Prior's Court in the community.