The goal of social care today is to deliver personalised services that give each individual the right support to live a more independent and fulfilling life.

The rules and processes surrounding 'self-directed support' can sometimes be complicated, and there are a great many misunderstandings about the way it works.

The autism strategy has followed the government's commitment to personalisation and highlighted the need to make this approach work for adults with autism. Find out more about government guidance on personalisation here.

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Useful resources

Articles and guides



For information on the Resource Allocation System (RAS), individual budgets (IBs) pilots, self-directed support (SDS), etc.

A free self-assessment tool for providers to measure how well they are doing with personalisation.


To help people providing housing and support services for people with learning disabilities.

To advertise your services for those using their own budgets.