Autism Service


Autism Service

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.

To make a referral to the Autism Service for you or on behalf of somebody else, please fill in this Autism Referral Form.

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
  • Mentoring
  • Autism specific advisory service

For more information about these services, please click here to view our Autism Service flyer.

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.

If you, or somebody you know, are interested in our service, please contact one of our Autism Advisors by email on or on 020 8349 3842 

Autism Service up for National Autism Award

February 11, 2020
Barnet Mencap’s Autism Service has been shortlisted for the National Autistic Society’s prestigious Autism Professionals Awards, in the Outstanding Adult or Children’s Services – health or social […]
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June 19, 2019
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Boy2Man was an 8-week arts psychotherapy group, run specifically for black men with a learning disability. It offered a safe space to explore issues of identity […]
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