We offer a range of services to families affected by autism in Northern Ireland, including family support workers, a parent group, and social activities for children, young people and adults with autism.
Our Family Support Team operates in the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT), Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) and Greater Belfast. Our Family Support workers provide one to one advice, guidance and practical support to parents and carers of children aged 18 years and younger across these Social Care Trusts.
We support individuals to access education, embark on vocational training and to find and/or maintain employment. The Family Support Team also work with families to help them develop life skills strategies, which may include personal hygiene routine, using public transport and accessing local social and leisure activities in their community.
Families who use our service are provided with vital information and advice on accessing benefits such as housing benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). We can also assist in the completion of relevant paperwork and advocate for individuals at appeals and tribunals as well as referring people to relevant to appropriate NAS Services.
The National Autistic Society and the Family Support Team work closely with other local statutory agencies such as DEL and DSD to raise awareness of autism and to make these services more accessible to individuals with autism.
Families who live in Northern Ireland can contact one of our family support workers for help with a range of issues related to autism. Your child should be 18 years of age or under.
You can contact your local family support worker from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Groups for people with autism
We run social groups for adults with autism, youth groups for teenagers, and various activity groups for children and young people.