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Autism is a lifelong development condition that affects the way a person communicates, interacts and processes information.

Everyone with autism is different and some people will have more subtle difficulties whereas others may have more complex challenges.

Local services and information

The following websites contain information for people with autism, as well as those who wish to learn more about it.

Derbyshire Autism Serviceshave information about services for adults, children, families and carers, siblings as well as a dedicated page for professionals. They also offer support groups, one to one support and social activities. Tel: 01773 7411221.

Autism East Midlands have lots of information about autism as well as support services for adults and children with autism. The website also includes details of specialist local events and training. Tel: 01909 506 678.

Relate’s Living Well with Autism service provides training about living a good life with autism. The free one day course is open to Derbyshire residents, including anyone on the autism spectrum and their family members or carers. The service also offers free coaching and counselling sessions. Tel: 01332 301350.

Autism Alliance brings together a number of local autism groups including Autism East Midlands. Their website contains resources and latest autism news and research.

Derbyshire Mental Health Foundation Trustprovide health services to children and families, people with a learning disability, people experiencing mental health issues and people with substances misuse needs. Tel: 01332 623700.

The National Autistic Societyhave lots of information to support someone with autism, including an online community where people can chat and share ideas. They also have a helpline offering specialist advice.

The NHS has a wide range of information about autismcovering symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.

Caring for someone with autism

Read our guidance for parents and carers about help for autistic children in school. You can get general advice for parent and carers from Carers in Derbyshire.

Autism Partnership Board

The Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board is made up of local people with autism and organisations and professionals who work alongside people with autism. The board worked together to create leaflets and posters to help other professionals, employers and anyone else with an interest to better understand autism. The leaflets and posters are attached to this page:

  • understanding autism
  • understating autism ageing
  • understanding autism - employment
  • top tips for communication with someone with autism (poster)
  • small changes can make a big difference to someone with autism (poster)

You can download a copy, or email: to order printed copies.

The leaflet called 'Understanding autism - training' is only available to download.

Moving into adult services (transition)

Transition is the period in your life when you change from being a child to an adult. If you are leaving school and have additional needs we can help with preparing for adulthood.

The Special Needs and Disability Service (SEND) develops Education, Health and Care plans for Children and Young people with more complex needs. These plans pull together the various support that you might need into one place.

Adult care information and assessments

We provide a range of services to support wellbeing and help people stay independent. We call these prevention services and you can find out more about these in our information and advice section.

You can also find out more about accessing care and support including adult care assessments and eligibility.