Day Services for adults with learning disabilities and autism

Day Services at ECL supports young people with learning disabilities and autism, who need additional support. We will work closely with the individual and their family on a personalised plan that starts with their existing skills and interests.

Male customer of ECL with learning disabilities taking a moment to stop what he is doing (gardening) to look into the camera and smile.

Our approach

On joining ECL a programme will be tailored to your individual needs and personal goals.

Our Trusted Assessors will work with you, your family and existing social and health care professionals to develop your plan. Our highly skilled Day Services team, including your own Keyworker, will support you step by step, to follow that plan and reach your goals.

We will hold regular reviews with you, and your family if you wish, we will discuss your progression and make any changes needed to your person-centred plan.

Community inclusion

You will be given the opportunity to enjoy real-life, community-based activities, helping to develop your independence skills and build a social network within your local neighbourhood. The options are endless and start with your interests and goals, they could include joining a club, participating in a sport, engaging in a hobby, or learning a new skill such as how to cook, manage your money, or use public transport. Our ‘Community Connectors’ are people that build links and relationships with community services and groups to ensure they can accommodate your needs and make you feel welcome.

Joy (Max’s keyworker) is very professional, she is positive, encouraging, and gives Max the confidence he needs. The activity programme Joy has come up with is great and it's nice to have a copy so Max can see what he is doing in advance.

Thank you, ECL for making Max enjoy his time at ECL and for making him look forward to every single session.

Mum of Max, ECL Loughton customer

Read more about Max



Max is a knowledgeable 18-year old man, who communicates well and loves to laugh. Max has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and needs routine so he can manage his anxiety.

  • Published: 10th June 2021

Accredited and vocational training

While in Day Services you may wish to follow an accredited and vocational training programme such as ASDAN, which provides flexible, engaging programmes and nationally recognised qualifications, enabling you to develop life skills or even prepare you for work. We can even help you to gain work experience either within ECL, or with our partner organisations.

I can’t believe it! I’m so happy to have passed my {ASDAN} baking course and I’ve learnt lots of new skills.

Susan, ECL Braintree customer

Clinical expertise

Our clinical team are always on hand, with expertise in communication, mobility, behaviour, and sensory needs to help you overcome any barriers to achieving your goals.

ECL’s Speech and Language Therapist Jennifer Whitaker worked with Day Services customer, Sam who had difficulty pronouncing certain sounds and lacked confidence in speaking, which was causing difficulty in job interviews. As a result of their combined efforts, Sam was able to confidently participate in an interview and secured his ideal job with Bupa!

Sam’s incredible progress has been down to his sheer determination and willingness to try new communication techniques and technology.

Jennifer Whitaker, Speech and Language Therapist, ECL

Digital technology

Technology plays an important role at ECL Day Services, we use digital devices to enable you to engage in sessions remotely, access learning, help you to communicate, make choices and record your achievements.

Progression to Inclusive Employment

If you decide during your time in Day Services that you are ready for voluntary or paid work, the Inclusive Employment team will help you prepare for employment. They will ensure you have the right skills, a winning CV and support you to find, secure and sustain your dream job.