I am autistic – what am I entitled to?

Autistic people are entitled to:

  • Reasonable adjustments 
  • Care act assessment 
  • Care and treatment review - if you are at risk of admission to a mental health hospital

Reasonable adjustments

Autistic people are entitled to ‘reasonable adjustments’. This means that people working in health, social care, employment and education should change how they work with autistic people to make accessing services easier and engagement with services more successful. 

Here is some information you can share with people who support you so they know what reasonable adjustments to make:

Care Act Assessment

Having a diagnosis of autism means you are eligible for a care act assessment. This assessment is through the local authority and you can self refer by calling:

Wirral:

Cheshire West:

Cheshire East:

Find out about the Government’s autism strategy here: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategy.aspx

Care and treatment review

Transforming Care is a strategy that says autistic people and people with learning disabilities should not be inappropriately admitted to hospital and commissioners and health professionals need to explore all options to keep people at home where ever possible. This process is called a care and treatment review further information can be found here. 

If you are an inpatient, you are entitled to a Care and Treatment Review (CTR): https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/easy-read-care-treatment-review-policy.pdf

Useful links: 

These links may also offer you some helpful advice and resources: 

 

Mental capacity act:

 http://www.careengland.org.uk/sites/careengland/files/Mental%20Capacity%20Act%202005%20easy%20read%20guide.pdf

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/mental-capacity-act

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