Support for adults after diagnosis

We offer specialist support to adults who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Our social care practitioners have extensive knowledge, and experience, in working with adults who have have autism.

Eligibility

To use this service you must:

  • have a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger's Syndrome
  • be over 18 years old, or aged 17 and planning for adulthood
  • not have a diagnosed learning disability.

Our Adult Learning Disability Teams assess and support people who have autism and a learning disability; phone 03000 41 61 61 for more details.

We are not a diagnostic service. If you think you have an autistic spectrum condition and would like further information or advice, you should talk to your GP. Your GP can assess if it’s appropriate for you to be referred to a clinician for assessment and diagnosis.

What we do

We enable people who have ASC to live safe, fulfilling and rewarding lives.

We'll communicate and work with you to complete a personalised Social Care (Care Act 2014) assessment which identifies any ongoing support you need.

You will have a personal social care practitioner to support you on a one-to-one basis during your time with us. Your practitioner will design a personal care plan with you, based on your needs. Your plan will help you to achieve the changes you want to make in your life.

We will offer help to your family and carers with information, support and an assessment of their needs.

If you need help to live more independently, we can offer assessments with occupational therapists and sensory needs specialists. You could learn new skills or get equipment such as squeeze jackets or weighted blankets to reduce everyday stress and difficulties.

We can tell you about available community support services, including social and peer support groups. We can also provide specialist information and advice, or signposting to independent and voluntary sector organisations.

Contact us

Phone 03000 41 81 00 or email sensoryandautism@kent.gov.uk.

Use text relay by calling 18001 0300 333 5540.