There are 7 Integrated Autism Services across Wales. They represent a partnership between Health Boards and Local Authorities. They were developed after a wide ranging consultation with autistic people, parents/ carers, professionals and communities. The consultation highlighted a lack of access to appropriate assessment and support for autistic people who failed to meet the criteria for many services. Some of the key issues identified were:
The services provide adult autism diagnostic assessment (sometimes jointly with other services), support and advice for autistic adults, parents/ carers, and professionals.
Whilst not working directly with children and young people, the services work in partnership with other organisations to support parents/ carers.
Parents/ carers can self-refer to the service, if your child has received a diagnosis of autism you will be able to access some training and advice from the Integrated Autism Service.
If you are an adult and think you are autistic, but don’t have a diagnosis, the services will be able to offer you a diagnostic assessment. If you are autistic you can get advice and support from the services without needing to be referred by someone else. Below are some of the things that you might need advice and support on:
No, the services do not provide:
For those with more complex needs (where other services such as mental health support is needed), staff from the Integrated Autism Service work with other professionals to ensure they are able to provide ‘autism-friendly’ support.
The IASs are there to support professionals to gain knowledge, skills and experience in working with autistic people.
Yes you can download all the resources from our website for free. If you need any further help or advice you can contact us at AutismWales@WLGA.gov.uk