LADS provides assessment and diagnosis for over-18s , including those who also have a learning disability or other developmental conditions, who may have autism and live in Leeds. The assessment is provided by a team of mental health and learning disability professionals with specialist knowledge of autism. Referrals are accepted from Healthcare Professionals and also directly from individuals (self-referral) who would like an autism assessment.
Leeds Autism AIM for autistic adults
Leeds Autism AIM is a free service for autistic adults in Leeds who receive little or no funded support. It is co-led by a number of autistic adults and carers/parents of autistic adults.
They offer three main services – advocacy, information and mentoring. There is a weekly drop-in at Lovell Park on Tuesday afternoons and quieter fortnightly ones on Friday afternoons at the same venue for booked appointments and groups.
AIM also run post-diagnostic support sessions for autistic adults diagnosed within the last 12 months of their first appointment with us.
Leeds ABC Support Group for young people
Leeds and District ABC Support Group is a regional resource for parents of children with an autistic spectrum condition. The group aims to provide help, support and advice about services, facilities, education, care and welfare for parents and families of children displaying Autistic Spectrum Conditions in Leeds and surrounding areas.
Representatives attend the monthly drop-in with the STARS team (and other relevant organisations) at Leeds central library, which usually takes place on the first Friday of the month, 10.0 – 12.00. There is also a weekly, term-time youth group for young people (11-18) with an autism diagnosis which is held at Burley Lodge Centre.
They also have an active Facebook group and a separate group for parents/carers of autistic young people.