This unique group offer a lifeline to young adults and adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome/Hi-Functioning Autism.
The transition into adulthood can be rocky for anyone but for the members of Right of Way that shift can be even more traumatic when there is a day to day struggle with communication, social interaction and /or emotional recognition – siblings and school friends may move on and away from home and the sense of isolation can be significantly heightened.
Right of Way was set up by a mother who recognised the need to support her own son, to open up social opportunities for him and others in a similar situation – to curb that sense of loneliness and to build up a network of support that would be there for him into adulthood.
The group has blossomed and now, running out of the QUAD in Derby, they are slowly growing a suite of services that empower their members to create a better future for themselves.
A wonderful group, the young people have gained so much support and independence from it.
Helen Hutchinson, NHS Mental Health Trust
They are very passionate about their work. There seems to be support for young people up to 16 but after that – nothing, so I think this group are filling a crucial gap in services.
Liz Gumbley, Community Action Derby
Take a look at their fantastic work here: Right of Way ASD