National Autistic Society

Pioneering day service provides work experience for young people and adults with autism

The new Orbis Education workplace

Orbis Education and Care has opened a new day skills facility in Swansea, providing young people and adults with autism with a way to gain hands-on experience in the world of work.

Located in Morriston’s High Street, The Orb is a shop, a café, an office and a laundry. The individuals who volunteer at The Orb have complex needs associated with autism and a learning disability.

Lucy Pottinger, Director of Education at Orbis Education and Care, said of the facility:

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The pioneering day service providing work experience to adults with complex needs

Orb

Disguised as your average second hand shop in a south Wales valleys town, The Orb is anything but. Opened in October 2015, The Orb is a pioneering day service on the high street of Porth and is proof that active support for adults with complex needs associated with autism can be made real.

It is an approach to care that puts individuals at the centre of their own developmental pathway, as well as offering them an active role in their community.

Active Support maintains that everyone has the right to a life that is as socially-valued as anyone else’s. The individuals who volunteer and learn at The Orb have complex needs associated with autism and a learning disability.

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