Who we are:
The City and Hackney Adult Autism Service is a National Health Service (NHS) that offers diagnosis, brief interventions and advice to adults living in City and Hackney who have not had a previous diagnosis of Autism Disorder.
What we do:
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that it will affect people in different ways and is therefore referred to as an Autistic Spectrum.
The three main areas of difficulty people with Autism can experience includes:
• Difficulty with social communication and understanding what people think and feel.
• Difficulty with social interaction.
• Difficulty with rigidity and repetitive behaviours. Difficulty coping with change and unpredictability.
Hackney Adult Autism Service offers diagnosis, brief interventions and advice to adults living in City and Hackney who have not had a previous diagnosis of Autism Disorder.
Benefits of a diagnosis
Being assessed is helpful in clarifying why you respond and communicate in the way that you do. An assessment can confirm whether you do in fact have Autism or not. Either way, this knowledge can aid you to access services and support that can help and support you.
If you are diagnosed with Autism, it can enable you to:
• Gain an understanding of yourself, learning about your condition and how to cope.
• Access services that suit your needs.
• Access certain benefits: such as DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or PIP (personal Independence Payments). Students you could be eligable to claim Disabled Students Allowance.
• Get help at work: employers have a responsibility to make “reasonable adjustments” to your work environment
You could be eligible for a community care assessment under The Care Act 2014 in order to access care and support.
Benefits of a diagnosis - Souce: The National Autistic Society: www.autism.org.uk
Record Last Updated on: 28/04/2020