Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects at least 1% of the population. There is an urgent need to improve healthcare of people with autism. Research shows that autistic people die on average 16 years earlier than the general population and this increases if they also have learning disabilities. This Autism Toolkit aims to be a 'one stop shop', a user-friendly guide to autism for primary care professionals, people affected by autism, clinical commissioning groups, as well as interested members of the general public.
Toolkit which brings together a range of resources to support primary health care professionals, patients and carers to manage autism in primary care and to better engage with patients so they can have the best health outcomes. The toolkit provides easily accessible and up to date information on autism, clinical resources to help screening and diagnosis and making surgeries autism friendly. Other resources include national guidance and standards, key legislation, and links to organisations providing support to people with autism. It also provides useful information for people on the autistic spectrum and carers covering what autism is, how to make the most of visits to your GP and getting a diagnosis.