Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people. It is estimated that around 16,000 people are affected by ASD in Northern Ireland.
Whilst early interventions, assessment, diagnosis and support in childhood is essential, so too is coordinated planning into adulthood.
Plans are ongoing to develop and improve health and social care services in Northern Ireland for people of all ages who are affected by ASD, their families and carers.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Improvement Review
As awareness of ASD has grown among parents, teachers and health professionals, the number of children and young people referred to the health service with concerns about ASD has increased. As part of our commitment to reducing the number and length of time children and young people have to wait for an autism assessment the Health and Social Care Board, with support from the Public Health Agency, is carrying out a regional review of the development and delivery of Autism services. Further information about the ASD Service Improvement Review.