The Autism Hub is for people who are, or who may be autistic. It is also a useful space for family members, staff, and professionals who support autistic people.
How to get an autism assessment
Where you get an autism assessment will depend on your age and where you live, and whether you are getting support from a community learning disability team.
To learn more about services in your area please visit the accessing an assessment section.
I’m autistic. What am I entitled to?
If you are autistic, you are entitled to reasonable adjustments, a Care Act Assessment, and a Care and Treatment Review (if you are at risk of admission to a mental health hospital).
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. Helen Sanderson Associates - Person-centred practices is a useful page of information that you can share with people who support you so they know what reasonable adjustments to make.
Care Act Assessment
If you have been diagnosed with autism, you may be eligible for a Care Act Assessment. This assessment is completed through your local authority. More information about care act assessment eligibility can be found here.
Care and Treatment Review
The “Transforming Care” strategy states that 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 wherever possible. This process is called a “Care and Treatment Review”.
If you are an inpatient, you are also entitled to a Care and Treatment review. You can read more in the NHS Care and Treatment Review Policy.
For further information please visit the NHS England Care and Treatment Reviews website.
There is a variety of useful resources available across our website and other sites for people with autism and those supporting people with autism.
- Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and help out there (PowerPoint)
- Understanding ASD and sensory needs (PowerPoint)
- Understanding ASD anxiety (PowerPoint)
- ASD social skills and communication (PowerPoint)
- ASD and coping strategies (PowerPoint)
- ASD and employment (PowerPoint)
- Understanding Anxiety in ASD and Management Strategies (.ppt)
- Executive functioning (.pptx)
- Routine and change (.ppt)
- Understanding sensory processing and strategies (.pptx)
- Communication and Emotions (.pptx)
- Reasonable adjustments (.pptx)
- Burnout and Fatigue (.pptx)
- De-escalation techniques for sensory overload (.pptx)
- Gender and autism (.pptx)
- Autism and the impact on eating (.pptx)
- Supporting someone in severe distress (.pptx)
To learn more about CWP's new Autism Strategy, please visit the Autism Strategy area of our website.
If you are supporting an autistic person, the following links may be helpful in improving your caring role:
Take a look at our easy read leaflets on how to develop your Health Action Plan.
Here you will also find some templates that you can fill in and take with you when you attend hospital appointments and admissions. There is more information on health passports for autistic people on the National Autistic Society’s website.
The Government website also provides guidance on the NHS Choice Framework, which sets out patients’ rights to choice in healthcare, where to find the information to help choices, and how to complain if choice isn’t offered.