Alex is 23 years old and lives in Kendal, with his mum Sally, his step-dad and step-sister.
At the age of three, Alex was diagnosed with autism and a learning disability, then at the age of 13 he was further diagnosed with mental health issues.
Alex has a personal budget, which he manages with his mum, Sally. Through this budget, they employ three personal assistants, who are vital to his care – without support Alex is unable to leave his house.
Directing his own support is really important to Alex, as he is in control of who supports him, and when he and how he gets it.