I have been diagnosed with Autism
Post diagnostic support
For people diagnosed at the clinic, CLASS can offer some post-diagnostic support for up to 6 months after assessment. Your clinician will discuss the options with you. Post-diagnostic support may include:
- Attendance at a psychoeducational group which will provide more information about autism, what this means and what can help with any difficulties.
- An opportunity to meet with a clinician to help make sense of your diagnosis and to answer any questions you have about what this means for you next.
- Information sessions for carers, partners and family members.
- Individual sessions for further specialised assessment and discussion about reasonable adjustments. This may be with a different clinician depending on your specific needs.
- Access to leaflets and information about specific topics and access to our library of books about autism.
Autism Alert Cards and Autism Passports
You may wish to apply for an autism alert card or autism health passport. These can be used for a variety of reasons such as going to the GP or job centre. Please bear in mind that there is a small charge for some of the cards and you will need to pay for postage.
Local autism services and support
The National Autistic Society has branches in Peterborough and Cambridge. They offer support and information for autistic individuals and their family and friends.
Enabling Independence is a support and advocacy service in Peterborough for autistic adults www.enabling-independence.co.uk
The Richmond Fellowship has an Autism and Asperger’s Employment Support service in Cambridgeshire. More information can be found at https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk/services/cambridgeshire-employment-service-cambridge/
The Papworth Trust can also offer support in finding work in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire for adults with disabilities including autism https://www.papworthtrust.org.uk/work/work-and-health-programme/
Red2Green offer a programme for people over the age of 16 with ASD called Aspirations. The programme aims to promote social contact, independence and strategies to cope with anxiety and anger. Information can be found at https://www.red2green.org/aspirations.html#/