Autism

Autism is on a spectrum, including Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, and is often called Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD

Find information and advice on Autism including the difficulties people face, getting a diagnoses and support.

Help from Adult Services

You will need to check that you are eligible for help from Adult Services. This would depend on an assessment of your needs and the outcomes you want to achieve that are affecting your ability to live well

Adults with autism can register as disabled with us

There is support available for carers of people with autism

If you are a young person aged 16 to 18 moving into the care of Adult Services find out how you can get support with your transition to adulthood

Help with making decisions

An advocate can help you if you have no family or friends to help you. They can help you if you have to make important decisions about health services and council services like care or housing.

The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB)

The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB) was set up to address the issues specific to autism in Hampshire. It has developed the Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults 2012 - 2015 to improve services for people with autism.

There has been a yearly priority action plan with a number of autism projects either developing and continuing through 2016 – please see the HAPB link for the minutes.

Fifty per cent of people with autism also have a learning disability; this can make autism harder to recognise and therefore understand. The HAPB links closely to the work being undertaken by the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

For more information about the implementation of the Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults please contact linda.burgess@hants.gov.uk Autism Strategy Lead for Adult Services. 

How to be involved

Hampshire Autism Voice (HAV) is the parent, carers and people-with-autism group established by the HAPB to ensure the full participation of people with autism, their families and carers.

HAV has been developed to give a voice and active involvement to people with autism, their parents and carers within the HAPB and the autism strategy workstreams. HAV actively participate in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services for children, young people and adults with autism living in Hampshire.

The Group is made up of representatives from:

  • people with autism who live in Hampshire
  • parents and carers supporting a person with autism living in Hampshire

The Autism Ambassador Scheme for Hampshire was launched in May 2015. Being an Ambassador provides the opportunity to make a difference to a person living with Autism and their families.