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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. 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.

The Autism Information and Advice service provides accessible information about the support and services available to any person in Derbyshire living with Autism, as well as their friends, families and carers. The service is provided by Citizen's Advice Mid-Mercia and also provides support and training for Derbyshire based professionals and businesses seeking to become more autism aware or to support employees with autism. You can get in touch by email: or tel: 01332 228 790. During the COVID-19 pandemic the service will be releasing twice weekly videos on their new YouTube channel to help people stay well and try new things at home. Topics include yoga, music, cooking lessons, mindfulness and more.

You can find out more about why we commissioned the Autism Information and Advice Service and the impact it has had in the first year by reading the case example we published on the Local Government Association website.

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. Relate Derby also offer a Living Well with Autism telephone helpline which is a free service where you can speak to a specially trained counsellor without having to book an appointment.

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 and range of resources and tips tailored for the coronavirus pandemic. Use their helpline enquiry form or email

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

Schools and maintained early years settings can refer to Autism Outreach for advice around individual pupils and training.

Autism passport

We have an officially recognised autism passport to support individuals living with autism when entering hospital or seeking healthcare treatment in Derbyshire.

People living with autism in Derbyshire can download the passport, complete it, and take it with them when they go into hospital or attend healthcare appointments. The passport will then be kept with their hospital notes so that it can be consulted by hospital staff before any medical interventions are performed. The passport will help to ensure that the sensory, physical, and communication needs of patients living with autism are met.

The passport and guidance notes on how to fill it in are attached to this page. It can be used by both adults and children and is completely free.

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 brings together people with autistic spectrum conditions, their parents, carers, local health and social care professionals and the voluntary sector to improve services for young people and adults with autism in Derbyshire and Derby City.

The board aims to work with and influence commissioners and develop improved services within Derbyshire for people with autism of all ages. The board and its members and representatives also work to raise awareness of autistic spectrum conditions to the public. And to implement an action plan to deliver the Derbyshire Joint Health and Social Care Adult Autism Strategy, which is attached to this page.

The partnership board meets 4 times a year and oversees the care and support provision for people with autism in Derbyshire of any age.

During 2020 the Autism Partnership Board is looking to engage more with people with autism and their families and carers. Please email for more details.

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
  • understanding 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.