I support someone with autism
If you support someone with autism, you maybe concerned about how you support them and their needs.
You may benefit from accessing more information about the condition yourself. It is important when supporting someone with autism you understand the person and the condition. If you feel you need support don’t be afraid to ask, we have included a few hints and tips below as advised by the NHS which might be of help.
- Make sure you get the benefits you are entitled to. As a carer, you could be entitled to Carer’s Allowance and the person you care for may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance. For more information, see Carers Direct: Carer’s Allowance and Carers Direct: Disability Living Allowance or call the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882 200.
- Ask your local authority for a carer's assessment. This determines what help you receive from social services, including respite care. For more information on assessments, see Carers Direct: assessments.
- Call Autism Plus on 01405 812128 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm) for more information about our services and referral to an Autism Plus service.
- Call the NHS Carers Direct helpline on 0808 802 0202 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, calls are free from UK landlines) for confidential advice on any aspect of caring, including assessments, benefits, direct payments, individual budgets, time off and maintaining, leaving or going back to work or education.
- Talk to your GP who can help you, if necessary, with any issues affecting your own health and who may be able to refer you to a relevant support service such as a local carers group.