Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance and resources
- Coronavirus - National Autistic Society - resources and tips for autistic people and families
- COVID-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities
Tips and advice on managing anxiety and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing
- Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- NHS Every Mind Matters
- Information in other languages includes mental health advice in Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Urdu.
- S2R Wellbeing Packs - tips, tricks and activities to help you.
If you need support
- COVID-19 Community Response
- Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership (KBOP) offer immediate help and information about benefits, housing, food provisions and accessing medication. You can also contact them if you are concerned about your wellbeing, feel socially isolated or are at risk of domestic abuse. Call 07562252940. Open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.
- Kirklees Peer Led Brokerage Service
- 24 hour mental health helpline
The video below is made from real life stories of adults with autism in Kirklees and aims to address prejudice and promote a better understanding of autism.
Free online courses about autism
To help you learn more about autism the Sparkle website has a big list of free online courses about autism.
Please also see St Clement's Practical Autism Guides for a number of informative films.
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.
Find out how to get diagnosed with autism and how a diagnosis can be helpful.
Autism support services
The annual Kirklees autism show
- On Wednesday 29 April 2020 Kirklees Council, held its seventh annual Autism Show virtually. You can still visit the show and access the full range information and support available. A show was not held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but we hope to be back in 2022.
Kirklees Autism Partnership Board
The Kirklees Autism Partnership Board is made up of officers from the council, officers from Job Centre Plus and health professionals working with local autism support groups. The partnership board has the task of ensuring that local strategy is implemented and makes a difference to people's lives.
How to contact adult social care services
Gateway to care is the contact for anyone that would like further information or advice on adult social care and support services available in Kirklees.
- Contact Gateway to care
- Phone 01484 414933
- Opening times
- Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm
- After 5pm - If your call is Urgent you can still telephone 01484 414933 as all calls are diverted to our Emergency Duty Team
- Email email@example.com
- Address Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2YZ