Hft also supports family members of people with learning disabilities, who might play an important part in caring for and making decisions alongside their relative.
Autism affects people in different ways. For Matthew, it means his ability to communicate is limited, and he experiences constant anxiety.
Like most 26 year-olds, Amy enjoys a good chat. But because of her learning disability she can sometimes have difficulty expressing herself in a way that others understand.
It took two years for Andy to build the confidence and skills he needed to visit his parents independently, but now he's a seasoned traveller.
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