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Integrated Autism Service
Our multi-agency, all–age Integrated Autism Service (IAS) for people with ASD works closely with partnership organisations – The Welsh Local Government Association, National Autism team, the third sector, and local authority and mental health services – across the care pathway. The IAS contributed the development of the Autism Code of Practice due to be published in 2021 and are represented in the National Autism Advisory Group.
The team works hard to develop positive relationships – being helpful, friendly, and accessible in order to up-skill people in their autism knowledge and inspire them to become autism advocates. Ultimately, this will ensure that all services will improve in their ability to support autistic people and their support networks. In 2020-21:
1589 people were supported by the IAS
1186 of these were new referrals
504 requests were from professionals for consultation, training and/or advice
97 referrals for carer support
585 referrals for autism diagnostic assessment or support for autistic adults
88 diagnostic assessments were offered in the year
50 of which were offered in the final quarter
Support is typically structured using the Spectrum Star, service user-focused outcome measure.
In true partnership ethos, these parts of the service are led by the local authority community workers, supported by the clinical team. If there is a clear need that cannot be met by another service, clinical and support staff offer individual support to autistic adults and parents/carers.
Due to the restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAS were not able to offer diagnostic assessment for several months. And also experienced a period of reduced staff capacity due to long term sickness.
The IAS continued to offer support to autistic adults, parents, carers and professionals in a timely manner through the pandemic by quickly adapting the service to offer virtual, advice appointments, and response to email and telephone enquiries.
The service also successfully ran the Autism Post-diagnostic Support Group programme online, where IAS clinicians offer consultation and joint working to many professionals, including those in mental health and local authority services as well as third sector services.
The impact of diagnosis – one person’s story
AIS – a person-centered service
What this support means to the service user
Consent was gained to share these reflections. The person’s name and staff names have been removed.
Contact the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Integrated Autism Service on:
- 02921 824 240
What the Integrated Autism Service (IAS) provides
- Assessment of adults without a learning disability or with a mild learning disability who do not have a known moderate to severe mental health difficulty.
- Liaison, support and consultation in relation to the diagnostic assessment and support of adults with a known moderate to severe mental health difficulty, or moderate to severe learning difficulty.
- Support for adults with autism without a learning disability or with a mild learning disability without a known moderate to severe mental health difficulty.
- Support for parents of children with autism without a learning disability, or with a mild learning disability, without a known moderate to severe mental health difficulty.
- Support for parents, families, partners and carers of individuals with ASD.
More information on Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)