Palliative and End of Life Care for People on the Autism Spectrum

Jill Ferguson

Scottish Autism

I have worked for Scottish Autism for twelve years, supporting adults with autism across a range of direct services. In my current post I am a Services Manager, overseeing a range of day, residential and housing support services. I worked as a practitioner in residential and day services before managing a day service specialising in developing skills and creative expression in arts based activities. I then moved on to my current post, and it was in my role as Services Manager that I met the individual and their team that inspired us to look at the issue of palliative care for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.I am also involved in Scottish Autism Knowledge Share events, and have an interest in how we learn from the people we support and share knowledge based on practice experiences.

Val Laurie

Scottish Autism

I began my career with Scottish Autism in 1997; initially part time whilst based at Stirling University and then moving to full time employment with the organisation in 1998. Over the next few years I gained valuable experience working across day and residential services supporting adults on the autism spectrum before moving into a management post in 2003. I am currently involved in developing services for individuals with autism in housing support and outreach services, based in Central Scotland. I have a strong focus on supporting teams to strive to improve services for persons with autism, I believe the service we provide is only as good as the staff that provide it. What I want to see is the individuals who access our support services achieve successful, fulfilling and happy lives.


The presenters of this proposed symposium work for Scottish Autism in services for adults on the autism spectrum. Following the experience of supporting a person throughout his life and ultimately his death from terminal... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jill Ferguson (Scottish Autism)
  2. Val Laurie (Scottish Autism)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice


S20 » Symposia: Comorbidities; mental health and wellbeing; access to healthcare II (09:00 - Sunday, 18th September, Tinto Room)

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