Autism NI - Autistic Adults

Autism is lifelong and there are many adults who are on the spectrum in Northern Ireland. Prevalence figures for adults are often outdated and inaccurate. Many individuals have only received a diagnosis of autism in their adult life, as awareness of the whole spectrum increases.

There are also many adults who recognise that they have autistic traits or are autistic but may not have a formal diagnosis.

Autism NI has worked in partnership with The Orchardville Society, NOW, Positive Futures, Autism Initiatives, Praxis and Action Mental Health in recent years to accelerate the progress in adult provision in Northern Ireland.

Diagnosis

Increasingly, there are many adults who seek a formal autism assessment to give them answers, further information and access to support. Often, the first step of this process is to visit your GP and request a referral for Adult Autism Assessment and Diagnosis through your Health and Social Care Trust. There are also private assessment and diagnosis options available.

If you would like further information and support regarding adult diagnosis, please contact our Family Support Team on 02890401729 (Option 1).

Services

Autistic adults who have an accompanying Learning Disability normally have access (from age 19 on leaving Special Education Provision) to Day Care provision in an Adult Training Centre (ATC) or Day Care Centre provided by the local Health & Social Care Trust or funded voluntary agency provider. Activities are Social & Life Skills based and may include some work based experience.

Employment

There are a number of supported employment options available for autistic adults in NI. These services may work with an individual to help them gain skills to be ready for the workplace or help them through the recruitment period or to maintain their job role. Please contact our Family Support Department for further information and contacts. on 028 9040 1729 (Option 1)

Autism NI provide a range of training options for employers to understand more about how they can support an employee on the spectrum and what their responsibilities are. For further information about these training courses, please contact our Training Department on 028 9040 1729 (Option 4).

Resources

Autism NI have created a range of activities and resources that can be very useful for autistic adults. These resources can be downloaded here.