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The National Autistic Society (NAS) Cymru works throughout Wales for people affected by autism.

We support people with autism with moderate to severe learning disabilities, using person-centred approaches to live independently at home. Our eight residential services for people with autism provide an environment in which they can learn new skills, become more confident and increase their independence, becoming full and active members of the local community.

Our learning programme

We help each person to develop their own learning programme, incorporating goals that match their abilities and interests.

Areas of learning include:

  • life skills
  • meal preparation
  • personal hygiene
  • safety and conduct in the community.

Our activities

Everyone in our residential services has a structured programme of activities in the evening and at weekends, including:

  • sports
  • pub trips
  • walks
  • shopping
  • outings
  • games and one-to-one time at home.

Environment and facilities

Two of our residential services are in Caerleon, Newport, a picturesque village famed for its Roman ruins. We have six more services around Neath, an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the Brecon Beacons and the Gower Peninsula.

Everyone who lives in our residential services has their own light and cheerful single bedroom (many with ensuite facilities) and shares comfortable communal lounges and dining areas. We encourage everyone to decorate their own rooms to make them feel more at home.

All our homes are open 52 weeks a year, 24 hours a day. We have good travel links and are close to several leisure, sports and educational facilities.

Person-centred approach

Since my son has been at Rhyd Hir we know we need not worry about his welfare, safety and happiness.
Parent

We work closely with each person to help them create their own programme of activities and put it into practice at the times they choose, giving them every opportunity to develop and thrive. Communication can be difficult for people with autism, so we use a variety of communication methods, including spoken language, sign language and visual strategies. This helps us to communicate clearly with each person and ensures we hear and understand their views. We also make sure that we involve family, carers and friends in the planning process.

Our team

We commend the staff for the real dedication and love given to my son. He has achieved so much under their care and is happy in his home.
Parent

Our staff have a range of specialist knowledge that enables them to offer each person with autism the right support and help them to fulfil their needs and wishes. Our staff receive autism-specific training, which they build upon throughout their career.

Contact us

Call us on 029 2062 9301, or email us at wales.services@nas.org.uk. Let us know if you wish to be contacted in Welsh.

How to access our support

Places in our residential homes are usually funded directly by your local authority although other funding sources may sometimes be available. For more information, visit our access page.