A free service for adults living in Barnet with a diagnosis/suspected diagnosis of High Functioning Autism
Barnet Mencap’s Autism Service is a free service for adults with high functioning autism who live in Barnet or have a GP in Barnet.
Like a learning disability, autism is a lifelong condition. Autism is sometimes referred to as a spectrum, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
There are three common features of autism, which might affect the way a person:
- interacts with others in a social situation
- is able to communicate with others
- experiences the world around them.
Autism is not a learning disability, but around half of people with autism may also have a learning disability, which will affect the level of support they need in their life. If the person has autism but does not have a learning disability, we call this High Functioning Autism.
Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions if you have any questions about autism, or feel free to give us a ring.
We offer Adult Autism Screenings to anyone living in the Borough of Barnet. The screening is the first step in the NHS pathway for adults with suspected autism in Barnet. If you want to receive a formal diagnosis of Autism you need to contact us first. Take a look at our simple guide on how our screening service works.
Supporting our clients who have autism is extremely important to us, and so is their mental health and well being. Please find a link here to the podcast where Christine and Emma from our Autism Service discuss autism and issues around the pandemic.
We offer many other services, including:
- Autism Training
- Events and activities
- Peer support group
- Peer support group for partners, family and carers of adults
- Autism diagnosis informative sessions
- Outreach and drop-in
- Autism specific advisory service
We usually put our monthly events planner here on our website, but due to Covid-19 we aren't holding any events. We will put them here again when they're back up and running - the sessions are free but you would need to be a member to attend.
We also put our workshop timetable here. This will also return when the service is back to normal. There is a £10 refundable deposit to attend our FREE workshops.
Due to Covid-19 our offices are currently closed to the public. This means we can't currently offer the usual autism screenings, social activities, workshops or awareness sessions. Staff are continuing to work from home and can still be contacted on the below details. For more information on what we can and can't currently offer, please check out our dedicated Covid-19 updates page.
The National Autistic Society has provided excellent resources and tips for autistic people during this current situation.
Autistica has also produced a range of Covid-19 resources, and even have expert webinars to answer your questions.