Autism

Autism is on a spectrum, including Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, and is often called Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD

Help from the NHS

Autism features can often be diagnosed in young children. Although for many the signs will often only become more noticeable as they get older.

Adults can also be diagnosed with ASD. See your GP if you are concerned. They may use a screening tool to check if you have signs of Autism and they can refer you to appropriate services in your area.

Help from specialist organisations

National

The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum and provides information and support.

The Autism Directory is a national directory of information and services for autism families.

Local

Autism Hampshire provides a range of services designed to meet the needs of people and their families who are affected by autism. This includes the Local Autism Directory and Community Access projects such as the Autism Alert Card.

The South Hampshire Branch of the National Autistic Society offers local support, information and resources.

Help from Adult Services

See if you are eligible for help from Adult Services (includes Easyread version)

Adults with autism can register as disabled with us.

There is support available for carers of people with autism.

If you·are a young person aged 16-18 moving into the care of Adult Services find out how you can get support with your transition to adulthood.

Help with making decisions

An advocate can help you if you have no family or friends to help you. They can help you if you have to make important decisions about health services and council services like care or housing.