Please note due to the current Coronavirus crisis across the UK Autonomy Plus will be adapting the way we work. Our group training sessions are not being run present but Sara is still offering pre-diagnostic assessments and is following Government and NHS advice on hygiene and social distancing, and also by the use of phone, email, text and Skype.

Sara can still support you with PIP, new style ESA, UC applications but all Face-to-Face benefit assessments have been cancelled till June, She can also provide expert evidence via email and help you with Mandatory Reconsideration reports as DWP say that there will be more paper based and phone assessments. Autonomy Plus is aware that access to benefits still remains an issue for many autistic people due to a lack of understanding, and a lack of specialist evidence, of their needs.

Awareness Training

Awareness Training

These sessions are facilitated and run by our Specialist Practitioner, Sara Heath, who has extensive experience in the education, support and employment of people with Asperger's syndrome, autism, PDA and ADHD with talks from “lived experience” members of the Autonomy self-help group. We have run sessions for the local authority for 8 years and also for the YMCA, YSS, Housing Associations, schools, colleges, care homes and will be happy to travel to your venue.

Topics covered

Asperger Syndrome and Mental Health, Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis?

A half day session which explores the links and similarities between Asperger syndrome, Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome and other mental health conditions, with Sara Heath. We have no sessions booked as Shropshire Council are presently reviewing their staff training needs.

Introduction to Asperger Syndrome

A full day session which includes an introduction to the condition, with talks by Musician, Eric and Computer Wizard, Darren who speak from a personal perspective of living with Asperger syndrome then a Strategies or Improving Professional Practice session.

We have no sessions booked as Shropshire Council are presently reviewing their staff training needs.

Voices of Women with Asperger Syndrome

A half day session which explores the unique challenges of Asperger syndrome in women, with talks from lived experience trainers, Hannah, Sam and Naomi. We also discuss mental health issues and the perceived differences between men and women with the condition. We have no sessions booked as Shropshire Council are presently reviewing their staff training needs.

Also available are sessions on

  • Recognising and Understanding Autism and/or Asperger Syndrome
  • Asperger Syndrome and Education
  • Asperger Syndrome and Employment
  • Asperger Syndrome and Relationships
  • Asperger Syndrome and Criminal Justice
  • Asperger Syndrome and Physical Health
  • Mentoring and Coaching people with Asperger Syndrome
  • Recognising and Supporting Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome

We can also develop bespoke training sessions for the specific needs of your organisation like our recent session for the Forum of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

More Information

For more information please contact Sara or Eric by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01743 821 363 or using the contact form