A free service for adults living in Barnet with a diagnosis/suspected diagnosis of autism
Barnet Mencap’s Autism Service is a free service for adults in Barnet (or who have a GP in Barnet) who are, or suspect they may be, autistic. Whilst all of our other services are for people who have a learning disability, the Autism Service is for people who don't also have a learning disability.
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 autistic people may also have a learning disability, which will affect the level of support they need in their life. Some people refer to an autistic person who does not have a learning disability as '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
- 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.