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County Durham Post Diagnostic Support Service (PDSS)

Durham County Council (DCC) and the National Health Service (NHS) jointly fund MAIN’s Autism Post Diagnostic Support Service to support people aged 16+ who are resident in County Durham and have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder but who do not meet social care criteria.

We aim to support adults in five key areas:

  • Understanding your diagnosis
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Independent living
  • Accessing the community and socialising
  • Employment and volunteering

Our Autism Resource Co-ordinators (ARC) are the first point of contact and make initial assessments and draw up care plans. Following this process our Autism resource workers (ARWs) work with service users in a 1:1 basis delivering practical support in these areas up to eight weeks per identified area of need.

In addition under the terms of this service MAIN also provides a range of funded training courses which are available to professionals, parents and carers living/working with the above group. In the following courses:

  • Awareness Training
  • Employing People with Autism
  • Identifying Autistic Traits
  • Understanding Care Plans
  • Supporting People with Autism
  • Challenging Behaviours and the Autism Spectrum (Promoting Positive behaviours)
  • How to write Social Stories for people on the Autism Spectrum
  • Autism and Ageing: Who Cares?
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