It is important that the individual is aware of the referral and consents to being referred to the service. We cannot accept referrals from individuals with an existing diagnosis of Learning Disability (Instead, these patients can be referred to the Learning Disability Service) Nor if there is an existing Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Autism Diagnosis.
Please send referrals to CHAMHRAS
(City & Hackney Adult Mental Health Referrals and Assessment Service)
City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health
Tel: 020 8510 8011
Fax: 020 8510 8064
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that it will affect people in different ways and is therefore referred to as an Autistic Spectrum.
The three main areas of difficulty people with Autism can experience includes:
• Difficulty with social communication and understanding what people think and feel.
• Difficulty with social interaction.
• Difficulty with rigidity and repetitive behaviours. Difficulty coping with change and unpredictability.
Being assessed is helpful in clarifying why you respond and communicate in the way that you do. An assessment can confirm whether you do in fact have Autism or not. Either way, this knowledge can aid you to access services and support that can help and support you.
If you are diagnosed with Autism, it can enable you to:
• Gain an understanding of yourself, learning about your condition and how to cope.
• Access services that suit your needs.
• Access certain benefits: such as DLA or PIPs; for students you could claim Disabled Students Allowance.
• Get help at work: employers have a responsibility to make “reasonable adjustments” to your work environment
You could be eligible for a community care assessment under The Care Act 2014 in order to access care and support.
(From: The National Autistic Society, www.autism.org.uk )