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

Understanding autism

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.

COVID-19 guidance and resources

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.

Find out how to get diagnosed with autism and how a diagnosis can be helpful.

Autism support services

In Kirklees
National support
Employment support

REAL Employment supports adults (18+) who have learning disabilities and have additional needs such as Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia into volunteering, training and paid employment. We support throughout the application and employment process.

Kirklees Employment Service helps support people living with mental ill health, early onset dementia and those on the autistic spectrum in finding meaningful paid employment, volunteering opportunities, education and training.

Hospital support

My health passport is a resource for people with autism who might need hospital treatment.

Educational support

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
  • Address Kirklees Council, Gateway to care, PO Box 1720, Huddersfield, HD1 9EL
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