Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability. It affects how someone understands and relates to other people and the world around them. Although people with autism share some common difficulties, for instance in communication, the way autism affects each person varies. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is used to describe the range of different ways autism affects people. Around 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, and some of them may feel autism is an important part of who they are. Autism is not an illness or a disease and therefore cannot be ‘cured’. More information and advice about Autism Spectrum Disorder is available at NHS Choices.

An adult autism diagnosis and consultation service is available in Camden. Referrals to the service can be made by your GP or social services. Alternatively, you can complete a Camden and Islington NHS Trust referral form.

If you care for someone with autism you can request a carer's assessment through Camden Carers Service.

You could also get in touch with the Adult Social Care Access and Response team on 020 7974 4000 (select Option 1) or email them at

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