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Kingwood helps people with autism and Asperger's to live the lives they choose. They learn what matters to the people they support, what they want to do with their lives and then help them make this happen. Their philosophy is simple – they believe that people with autism and Asperger's can, like all of us, continue to develop and grow, make choices and be valued, active and contributing members of the community. That's why Kingwood's services are tailored to meet individual needs and are built around supporting people to live enjoyable, purposeful lives with a greater degree of independence in their own homes, within the communities in which they live.

The people Kingwood support and their families are at the heart of everything they do. In addition to assisting with the development of skills necessary for day-to-day living, their dedicated team of professionals encourages people to become involved in a broad range of interests according to their individual preferences, including the opportunity to work.

Kingwood aim to realise as much potential as possible and always ask the question, "where is the evidence that this is the right thing to do?" Where no evidence exists they are committed to a programme of research to discover what's right. The result of almost two decades of experience in this field of work is that individuals with autism and Asperger's can enjoy a quality of life their families may previously not have thought possible. Their research will hopefully make this easier to achieve.

Progress is made one step at a time and by working in partnership with families it's Kingwood's goal to meet the needs and aspirations of individuals, whilst understanding their anxieties and developing ways to minimise the challenges they face.

To email: info@kingwood.org.uk or call 0118 931 0143.

For further information: http://www.kingwood.org.uk/home

Registered Charity no: 1041924

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