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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people. It is estimated that around 16,000 people are affected by ASD in Northern Ireland.

Whilst early interventions, assessment, diagnosis and support in childhood is essential, so too is coordinated planning into adulthood.

Plans are ongoing to develop and improve health and social care services in Northern Ireland for people of all ages who are affected by ASD, their families and carers.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Improvement Review

As awareness of ASD has grown among parents, teachers and health professionals, the number of children and young people referred to the health service with concerns about ASD has increased. As part of our commitment to reducing the number and length of time children and young people have to wait for an autism assessment the Health and Social Care Board, with support from the Public Health Agency, is carrying out a regional review of the development and delivery of Autism services. Further information about the ASD Service Improvement Review.


Adult Care Pathway-August 2013 - PDF 560KB0.5 MiB1610
ASD - Six Steps Of Autism Care - Leaflet - PDF 588KB0.6 MiB1388
ASD - Six Steps Of Autism Care Pathway Report - PDF 3MB2.8 MiB1229
ASD - Support Across The Lifespan - PDF 580KB0.6 MiB2212
Autism - A Guide For Families - PDF 5MB5.2 MiB1934
DHSSPS ASD Strategic Action Plan June 2009 - PDF 373KB0.4 MiB2020
January 2010 - Transitions And ASD Executive Summary0.1 MiB1506
January 2010 - Transitions And ASD Final Report0.4 MiB1977
RASD Support Across The Lifespan - January 2013 - PDF 239KB0.2 MiB1392
RASDN - Trust Performance Report - 1 October To 31 December 2010 - PDF 138KB0.1 MiB2535

Further Information

Belfast HSC Trust

Northern HSC Trust

Southern HSC Trust

Western HSC Trust