Our autistic community is a diverse and vibrant group of individuals, families, carers, and professionals; connected by a collective desire and passion to make a real difference.
Diversity of Experiences
MAIN are proud to be part of the autistic community it is incredibly diverse, with varying communication styles, sensory preferences, and levels of support needed, it is about recognizing and celebrating our own uniqueness and diversity.
Strengths and Challenges
MAIN work with a diverse group of individuals who are either autistic, neurodivergent, have a learning disability and or complex need. Our young people have unique strengths, such as heightened attention to detail, strong patterns of recognition, and a deep focus on specific interests.
The concept of neurodiversity is central to the autistic community. It emphasizes the idea that neurological differences, including autism, are natural variations of the human brain. MAIN advocates and promotes acceptance and inclusion, focusing on the value and contributions of autistic individuals.
MAIN work closely with families, friends, educators, and professionals so that there is standardisation, a common theme for learning and above all continuity in practice. MAIN will continue to build strong support networks, linking with likeminded professionals so that our children, young people, and adults THRIVE.
Advocacy and Awareness
MAIN are conscious that more must be done to recognise and bring understanding to the life chances of our autistic community, we must actively engage in advocacy work, raise awareness, promote understanding, and ensure that the rights of autistic individuals are at the forefront of our work.
Communication can vary widely among autistic individuals. Some may use spoken language, while others may rely on alternative forms of communication such as sign language, picture boards, or electronic devices; understanding and respecting diverse communication styles is crucially important, and should be facilitated wherever possible and in whatever environment and format; all people have the right to be heard.
MAIN, will continue to develop new pathways of support for individuals going through transition, from moving to further education to becoming a young adult, these transitions can be, a significant challenge for autistic individuals; support and resources for education, employment, and independent living are important considerations for promoting successful transitions; by recognizing the diversity within the autistic community and embracing the principles of neurodiversity, society can work towards creating an inclusive and supportive environment in which all can THRIVE.