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Autism

Where to get support

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What is autism?
Signs of autism
Getting diagnosed
Autism and everyday life
Newly diagnosed: things to help
Easy read information and videos
Other conditions that affect autistic people

Friends and family

Telling people close to you about your or your child's autism diagnosis can help them understand what this means.

They may be able to help with:

National charities

National Autistic Society

For parents of autistic children, young autistic people and autistic adults.

Ambitious about Autism

For autistic children and young people, their parents and carers.

Information:

It may also help to listen to other people's experiences of autism on healthtalk.org.

Local support groups

The assessment team that diagnosed you or your child should give you information on local support groups.

You can also search for local groups using:

Social media and forums

There are many people with experience of autism offering support and sharing their stories on forums and social media.

You do not have to talk to others in online groups, but it can be helpful to look at what they're saying.

A good place to start is the groups run by autism charities. But bear in mind the NHS does not monitor these sites.

Important

Comments on social media and forums are often based on personal experience and should not be taken as advice that would help you or your child.

Facebook

How to use Facebook if you're new to it.

Twitter

How to use Twitter if you're new to it.

Forums and communities

Your school, college or workplace

You can get support to make things easier for you or your child.

Find out what help is available at:

Your local council

You can get some support and financial benefits from your local council.

What's available depends on your situation.

For children and young people

For people under 25, ask your council about their "local offer".

This is the name for the support they provide for young people with special educational needs.

Every council has to have a local offer.

You can also get advice about the local offer from your local special educational needs advice service.

For adults

If you're an autistic adult or care for an autistic adult, ask your council for a needs assessment.

This is an assessment to find out:

For parents and carers

If you look after someone who's autistic, ask your council for a carer's assessment.

This is an assessment to find out what support or financial benefits you might be able to get to help you care for an autistic person.

GPs and autism assessment teams

If you think you or your child needs help from a health professional, speak to a GP or the assessment team that diagnosed you.

They may be able to refer you to a specialist who can help, such as:

Page last reviewed: 18/04/2019
Next review due: 18/04/2022