Caring for someone with autism can be incredible but also challenging. We can help you with one to one advice, workshops and support groups.

What is autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

Being a carer of an autistic person

The strain of coping, often for many years, for someone who sees the world so differently, or appears unresponsive or destructive, can be huge.  You may feel you spend a great deal of your time fighting to get the support and help both you and the person you support need.

The person you care for may not want outside support or may struggle to engage with services or new people, making it harder to get support and a break.

Carers in Bedfordshire has a range of options to support you, the carer. Register with us or visit the how we can help section to find out more.

Carers assessment

If the person you are caring for is struggling to cope by themselves, you can arrange a Needs Assessment from their local council. You can have a Carers Assessment at the same time. 

For further information about these assessments, visit our Getting a Carers and Needs Assessment information page.

Local support

National support