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National Autistic Society Inspire

National Autistic Society Inspire


We are delighted to be able to share the fantastic news that our Balmedie service has recently been awarded Advanced Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society.

This is the highest status that can be awarded through the scheme - which is the UK’s only autism specific quality assurance programme of support and development for all those providing services to autistic people.

Balmedie is also the first adult support service to receive an Advanced Accreditation status in Scotland - there were previously only three schools which had achieved this level of award.

The service was first accredited in 2009 following an external inspection from a National Autistic Society representative who looked closely at work practice and paperwork in relation to autism. Since then the team has worked very hard to maintain the accredited status through annual visits and three-yearly reviews where practice is observed and paperwork assessed in order to ensure the service provided is autism specific. Being an accredited service has helped the service to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of incidents from daily to a few times a year.

Huge congratulations to all of the team at Balmedie - and indeed everyone at Inspire involved in helping to achieve this Advanced Accreditation.