Useful Info

Please find links and downloads below for resources and information which may be useful for people on the autism spectrum, carers, families and professionals. These links are not associated with Leeds Autism Services and may not always reflect the views or ethos of our organisation.

Useful Info

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What is Autism?

What is Autism? (easy-read)

Diagnosis Information from the National Autistic Society on how to seek a diagnosis

The Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS)

Health The hospital passport is designed to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to improve their experience when accessing health care including appointments and hospital admissions

Easy on the i ‘easy on the i’ is the information design service within the Learning Disability Service at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. They specialise in producing easy to understand information for the people who use their service. They do this work with the people who use their service because they are the people who know what works best.

Intensive Interaction is a practical approach to interacting with people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities and/or autism. There is nothing difficult or expert about Intensive Interaction, it is a very practical approach to communication and socialising with people who do not find it easy communicating or being social.’

‘The approach helps the person with learning difficulties and their communication partner to relate better to each other and enjoy each other’s company more. It helps them develop their communication abilities. In Intensive interaction the carer, support worker, speech and language therapist or teacher works at being a better communication partner and so supports the person with learning disabilities develop confidence and competence as a communicator’

Occupational Therapy can help people with Autism to manage day-to-day tasks and self-care (i.e. getting ready for school/work). This can make them more manageable and respond better to their surroundings

The Counselling Directory is a confidential service where people can find help if they’re in distress

NHS Choices information on living with autism

Advocacy and Advice “Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side” (Quality standards for advocacy schemes, Action for Advocacy) Advonet exists to ensure everyone can have their needs heard and their rights respected. It both delivers services directly and promotes independent advocacy provided by partners in Leeds and the surrounding area

Leeds Autism AIM provides Advocacy, Information and Mentoring services to autistic adults locally. It manages the Autism Leeds directory, the Autism Hub drop in service, provides volunteer mentors and information and signposting


Access to Work If you are an adult in work or about to start work and you find parts of your work difficult due to your autism, you may be able to get support from Access to Work.

Access to Work is a scheme funded by the government that helps people in employment whose work may be affected by their health or a disability. It can pay for training for your employer, a support worker to work with you and advise your employer of any changes needed or necessary equipment to make your job easier.

To apply for Access to Work, you will need to contact Jobcentre Plus by phone, text or email on: Telephone: 02920 423 291 Textphone: 02920 644 886 Email:

NAS information on bullying and employment rights

Download the TUC guide to autism at work

ACAS guide to disability discrimination

Information for Carers

Carers breaks There are a number of different services in Leeds who provide breaks to carers to give them some respite and help them continue caring

Getting a carers assessment If you are caring for someone with health problems or a disability you are entitled to an assessment of your own needs, even if the person you care for doesn’t want or need services themselves

Carers Leeds Carers Leeds is an independent charity that gives support, advice and information to unpaid carers over 18. Established in 1996, their team of expert support workers are dedicated to improving the lives of the 72,000 carers in Leeds

The National Autistic Society Information for parents, relatives and carers

Parents of adults with autism: Your Rights

Information on carers allowance

ABC Leeds Aim to provide help, support and advice about services, facilities, education, care and welfare for parents and families of children displaying Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Asperger’s Syndrome in the local community of residents in Leeds and surrounding areas.

Travel Safe Journey and Better Journey cards are a great way to let the bus driver know that you need some extra help to make your journey. Simply download the card, choose the message that suits your needs and keep it in your wallet for when you travel.

Concessionary travel is available for people with disabilities of any age throughout the UK. Find out if you’re eligible for a bus travel pass here

There are a range of facilities available at Leeds Bradford Airport aimed at making air travel as easy as possible for passengers who require special assistance

Airports can be a busy place to travel through and for those passengers with autism Leeds Bradford Airport understand that this experience can be stressful. With the assistance of Leeds Autism Services, they have produced a guide to assist you on your day of travel. The journey covers various stages that you will go through including tips on what to pack within your hand luggage, your journey to the airport, check in, security and boarding the aircraft