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​Adults with autism
Some people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) grow up without their condition being recognised, sometimes through choice.

However, a diagnosis can make it easier to access a range of support services that may be available locally.

It's never too late to be diagnosed with ASD, although it's not always easy because some local NHS authorities don't provide NHS funding for diagnosing ASD in adults.

Read more about diagnosing ASD in adults, or see The National Autistic Society website for further information about autism diagnosis for adults.

Treatment and support
With a proper diagnosis, adults with ASD may be able to access local autism support services, if available in their area. You can search for services for adults using the Autism Services Directory.

The healthcare professionals who diagnose you with ASD should be able to provide more information and advice about the care and support services available to you.
Read about assessing your care and support needs.

Examples of programmes that may be available in your local area include:
  • social learning programmes – to help you cope in social situations
  • leisure activity programmes – these involve taking part in leisure activities, such as games, exercise, or going to the cinema or theatre with a group of people
  • skills for daily living programmes – to help you if you have problems carrying out daily activities, such as eating and washing
  • Adults with ASD may also benefit from some of the treatments offered to children with ASD, such as psychological therapy and medication.
Read more about the help and support available for people with ASD.
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