Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

You can watch the A better understanding of autism video to find out about coping strategies and real life stories of adults with autism in Kirklees.

To help you learn more about autism the Sparkle website has A big list of free online courses about autism

Getting a diagnosis

If you are over 18 years of age and think you may be autistic contact your GP to discuss your concerns, they will refer you for a formal assessment if necessary.

Getting support from the council

To get care and support from the Council you must be meet our eligibility for care and support criteria.

If you meet the criteria we will need to take a close look at your situation, so we can work with you to create a support plan. We do this through an care needs assessment.

For further information see our how to get care and support section.

Activities and local support groups
Education

Special school for autism

Woodley School and College is a local authority special school for children aged 4-19 specialising in autism. The children attending Woodley School all have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education Health Care plan.

Kirklees specialist provision in mainstream schools

Kirklees specialist provision is made up of a team of specialist teachers, teaching assistants and family SEN workers who work to promote the educational inclusion and achievement of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in our local mainstream schools.

Schools with specialist provision for autism are:

Employment

REAL means - Realistic Employment for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

The REAL Employment Agency works with people who have a mild to moderate learning disability and autism. REAL offers customers a unique package of support to help them to gain and maintain employment in the 'open' jobs market

Richmond Fellowship service is offered to people with mental health issues and autism. Their employment advisors focus on an individual’s strengths and aspirations, and on what they CAN do rather than what they can't. This gives individuals the confidence and skills to find long term and rewarding employment through training and continued support on the job.

Autism show

Kirklees autism show is usually held annually. The aim of the event is to:

  • put people in touch with organisations that can help them;
  • help to develop a better understanding of autism; and
  • help create a more inclusive local community where everyone is valued equally.

Over 50 organisations offering services and support in Kirklees have stalls at the event providing information and advice for children, young people and adults with autism, parents and professionals.