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Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Plans are ongoing to develop and improve health and social care services in Northern Ireland for people of all ages who are affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people and whilst early interventions, assessment, diagnosis and support in childhood is essential, so too is coordinated planning into adulthood.

On 26 June 2008 the Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey announced his intention to develop an action plan for ASD services across Northern Ireland. The response to the draft Action Plan was overwhelmingly positive.

This ASD Strategic Action Plan (2008/9-2010/11) covers a broad range of actions intended to improve services for children, adolescents and adults with ASD, and their families and carers.

For further information contact:
Dr Stephen Bergin, Chair
Regional ASD Network Group
Southern Office
Public Health Agency
Tower Hill
Armagh BT61 9DR
Tel: 028 3741 4569
Email: stephen.bergin@hscni.net