Independent Options provides a range of support services for adults, young people and children who have learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and mental health needs. They support people with disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else and be as independent as possible.
These services are tailor-made to meet the needs of each person they are working with and they have experience working with people who have Direct Payments and Individual Budgets. A person centred approach is used so the people they support are always at the heart of the planning for required services. Independent Options works with them, and others who are important in their lives, so that they can achieve their goals in the present and in the future.
The people who use our services, and their families, have an active role in the running of the organisation so it is guided by their needs, wishes and views.
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