Autism is a spectrum condition and this means that it can affect people in different ways. Many people with autism share certain difficulties for example communicating with and relating to others. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism.
Sometimes people with autism or Asperger go through life without their condition being recognised or diagnosed. Sometimes this is through choice. If you do choose to have your condition diagnosed it may help you to access support from local services.
You can read more about living with autism and how to get a diagnosis on the NHS Choices website.
Barnsley Adults Autism and Asperger Syndrome Service
This service is provided in Barnsley by our local healthcare partner South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It offers a specialist assessment, advice and support service for young people and adults with autism or Asperger syndrome. They can also support people with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Your GP or another health professional can refer you to the service.
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK's leading charity for people affected by autism. They have a lot of useful information, self-help guides and films on their website about diagnosis, support and related conditions.
You can find out if there is an NAS support group near you here.
The Yorkshire Autism Cafe
The Yorkshire Autism Cafe was set up by parents of children living with autism to offer support, introduce families to new friends and provide people with the opportunity to share their experiences. Their calendar of meetings and activities is on their website.