Somewhere To Live

Having somewhere to call home is very important for everyone. For someone with a learning disability or autism this is no less important but may require some extra planning and support.


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Disabled Facilities Grant - Gov.UK

You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home. For example if you:

  • are physically disabled
  • have a learning disability
  • have age-related needs
  • are autistic
  • have a cognitive impairment, like dementia
  • have a progressive condition, like motor neurone disease
  • have a terminal illness
  • have a mental health condition

You might need to:

  • widen doors and install ramps or grab rails
  • improve access to rooms and facilities, for example with a stairlift, or level access shower
  • improve access to your garden
  • build an extension, for example a downstairs bedroom
  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

Supported Living - an easy-read guide

SEND help deciding where to live

Essex County Council - SEND Local Offer - Help deciding where to live

Essex County Council’s NEW Local Offer website has information for our families caring for under 25 years.

‘The Local Offer gives information about support available in Essex for children and young people aged between 0 to 25, with Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

This section offers links to help when thinking about housing for young people.

Meaningful Lives Essex: Dan secures his first flat

Essex County Council Meaningful Lives Essex have produced this video highlighting their Meaningful Lives Program.

”Through the Meaningful Lives programme, Dan has managed to secure his own flat. Supported living helps him to cook, wash, go shopping and have more conversations. He feels happier, more confident and well-supported. Dan also feels a great sense of pride – he can do more on his own now than ever before!”

ECC - Harley House Accommodation Hub MLM 1

Lindsey Charles, a Move On Worker – Accommodation Hub, talks about her role and how three young people have moved to Harley House, a Supported Living home. A video produced by ECC.