Getting help with autism

The Braid. BT8-268AC
The Braid. BT8-268AC

An innovative Ballymena-based service is making a real difference to the lives of people who have been diagnosed with autism.

With an estimated 20,000 people diagnosed with autism in NI, the service is designed to provide clients with better information and help in accessing support.

In particular, the Northern Adult Autism Advice Service has made a real difference to a client from the Ballymena area.

Speaking about the help received, he said: “Before attending I found it difficult managing my emotions and coming to terms with my diagnosis of autism. The first time I went to the group I felt apprehensive as I had just received a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and was unsure of what to expect. I found the staff very helpful and thought it was good that there were different agencies under one roof.”

The service is available from 1.30–4.30pm each Tuesday in the Braid Museum and Arts Centre, Bridge Street in Ballymena. It is available for people living across the Northern Trust area who have been diagnosed with autism and are aged 16 and over. Phone 028 2766 1335 for more information