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 NAS 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.
Claire Dundas: Belfast and South East
Tel: 07917 235390
Tim Glenn: North
Tel: 07776 151804
Caroline Bogue: West
Tel: 07917 266487
Parents' support group
We also provide parents' support groups, for parents of adult children with autism (aged 18+). This group runs on the second Wednesday of each month, 7.30-9.30pm, at NAS Northern Ireland's office in Malone Road, Belfast. Telephone Sallyann Green-Millar for more details: 07917 227938.
Our local branches are also a great source of support for parents and families affected by autism.