Services and Support for Young People with Autism
The Autism Act says that if you have an autism diagnosis, local authorities must offer you a Care Act Assessment if you ask for one. It also says that services must make reasonable adjustments to support your needs.
Autism Support Group / Autism and Learning Disability Friendship Club - Autism Support Groups and Alert Card – Autism – Newham Council information for both can be found on this link. The Autism Alert card is currently available from Newham Council, but this will soon be distributed by the Newham Autism Diagnostic Service.
Community Neighbourhood Link Workers – Newham Council - Offers information, advice and guidance on how to access local activities and services
- About Our Newham Work - Our Newham Work – there is a general offer, as well as Supported Employment Offer (eligibility criteria must be met).
- Join the Employ Autism network | Ambitious about Autism – Ambitious about Autism has an Employ Autism Network where autistic people (and their supporters can receive updates about job opportunities)
- email@example.com Employ me - London, West Ham Foundation Be aged between 16 and 24 (majority of places for 18-24 yrs.)
- Ambitious about Autism- have started a Higher Education Network to improve employment following university https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/what-we-do/employment/employ-autism-network/higher-education-network
- Employment Autism https://www.employmentautism.org.uk/
- National Autistic Society Job opportunities (autism.org.uk)
- There is an Autism Passport that you can complete on your own (or with support) https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/physical-health/my-health-passport
- In 2023/24 GPs will also offer Annual Health Checks to autistic patients.
- There is a specialist nurse in Newham University Hospital (and other hospitals) who supports people with a learning disability or autism to get the support that they need when in the hospital.
- Newham’s 24 Hour Mental Health Crisis Helpline 0800 073 0066.
- Mental Health Crisis Café Support is offered face to face, via video call or telephone 24/7 (this means it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) through the crisis line 0800 073 0066 or 020 7771 5888.
- The National Autistic Society has launched an Autism Inpatient Mental Health casework service www.autism.org.uk/inpatientsupport
- Eating Disorders and Autism https://peacepathway.org/
- A new Autism Diagnostic Service has just been developed. As your GP or Consultant to refer you if you do not have a diagnosis.
Learning Disability and Autism Bereavement Service Specialist Bereavement support for people with Learning Disability/Autism | Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham (mithn.org.uk) 020 7510 1081 / 020 7510 4268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bags of Taste – offers short term support to learn more about better diets, which are cost effective. In a two week course, learn to save money on food bills and develop cookery skills: https://bagsoftaste.org/
- With the DLR (Dockland Light Railways) email@example.com
- With TfL (Transport for London) https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/help-from-staff or call 0343 222 2000
- With Newham Council staff – the travel assistance programme may be able to offer support and training. Call 0203 373 6444 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VoiceAbility | Newham - Provides advocacy and involvement services so that people are heard in decisions about their health, care and wellbeing
Healthwatch Newham- Have your say | Healthwatch You can tell them about your experiences with health or social care. They tell health and social care what issues people have. They can help with complaints and give you advice. Call 020 3866 2969 or email email@example.com. NHS Complaints and Advocacy 020 3828 8245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Autistic Society – Helplines and Support
Help and support (autism.org.uk) The Spectrum magazine (autism.org.uk) produces 4 newsletters a year with all-autistic content. These are free online or paper copies for purchase (there is a discounted rate for autistic people).
Has a free online course on managing money https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/professional-development/training-and-conferences/online/managing-money
Autism-Friendly Screenings | Picturehouse Cinemas (picturehouses.com) The Picturehouse Cinema in Stratford has Autistic friendly screenings 3rd Sunday of the month at 12pm.
Paracarnival- an inter-ability, inter-generational and inter-cultural community that takes part in Hackney Carnival and other activities https://paracarnival.co.uk/
Blue Sky Actors are part of Face Front Inclusive Theatre. Contact: email@example.com or 020 8350 3461
Disabled Arts Project – Together 2012 - 'Join in from home’ programme http://www.together2012.org.uk/join-in-from-home/
Multi-sports club - Wednesdays and Fridays This club at NewVic Sixth Form College is open to any young person or young adult with any disability. Call Paul Archer 07811 671 082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pan Disability Football - Fill in the online form to join https://forms.office.com/r/guvkdp1Wqx
The Yoga for Autism website includes free online videos specifically designed for autistic adults and children – https://www.yogajournal.com/?s=yoga+autism
- Carers First provides personalised information and support including 1-1 appointments, groups and workshops. Telephone 0300 303 1555. Email email@example.com
- Heal Together CIC This is a community group for people who come from the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia)