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Adult autism service

What the service does
Who provides the service
How to access the service
Contact details
Location of service
Useful links


What the service does

The adult autism service provides:

  • assessment and diagnosis
  • short-term support for adults diagnosed through the service
  • support for young people who have recently received a diagnosis of autism in child services and are now 18 years old
  • consultation with Belfast Trust staff who work with adults who have autism

We also provide the Belfast Adult Autism Advice Service (BAAAS) in partnership with the Cedar Foundation. The BAAAS is an information hub where people aged 16 and over with autism and their carers can get advice.

BAAAS is supported by staff from different organisations and teams:

Please see our frequently asked questions for additional information about our service.

Who provides the service

Our team is called the Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnostic Team. The team includes health professionals from a range of disciplines:

  • psychology
  • occupational therapy
  • social work

How to access the service

If you think you may have autism and are aged 18 or over, speak to your GP or a healthcare professional from Belfast Trust who supports you. They will send a referral to the service.

Our team will discuss the referral and, if appropriate, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will receive a letter when the assessment process is ready to begin.

If you have an intellectual disability, the referral may be forwarded to a different service if appropriate.

Contact details

The Belfast Adult Autism Advice Service (BAAAS) is available to contact each Tuesday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. You can book an appointment by:
Telephone: 075 8788 4088
Email: v.spence@cedar-foundation.org

If our frequently asked questions do not answer your query, we also offer a call back service to adults and families living in the Belfast Trust area.
You can call 028 9504 5949 and we will aim to get back to you within three working days.
This line is available between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.

If you want to know more about the Trust’s adult autism service, please contact us:
Telephone: 028 9504 5949
Email: AdultASDTeam@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Location of service

Department of Psychological Services
Elmwood Manse
7 University Terrace
University Road
Belfast
BT7 1NP

Useful links

Adult Diagnostic Assessment Explained
Frequently asked questions