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.
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 560KB||0.5 MiB||2154|
|ASD - Six Steps Of Autism Care - Leaflet - PDF 588KB||0.6 MiB||1948|
|ASD - Six Steps Of Autism Care Pathway Report - PDF 3MB||2.8 MiB||2456|
|ASD - Support Across The Lifespan - PDF 580KB||0.6 MiB||2901|
|Autism - A Guide For Families - PDF 5MB||5.2 MiB||2523|
|DHSSPS ASD Strategic Action Plan June 2009 - PDF 373KB||0.4 MiB||2712|
|January 2010 - Transitions And ASD Executive Summary||0.1 MiB||2064|
|January 2010 - Transitions And ASD Final Report||0.4 MiB||2685|
|RASD Support Across The Lifespan - January 2013 - PDF 239KB||0.2 MiB||1893|
|RASDN - Trust Performance Report - 1 October To 31 December 2010 - PDF 138KB||0.1 MiB||3160|