Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS)

Service Impact due to COVID-19
  • Appointments are taking place either by telephone or video with limited availability for face to face appointments
  • The service aims for the first appointment to take place within 13 weeks however due to the pandemic this is now around 20 weeks
  • Completion of the whole assessment pathway is taking around 12 months
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The Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS) provides assessment and diagnosis of people of all intellectual ability, who may have autism and live in Leeds. The assessment is provided by a team of mental health and learning disability professionals with specialist knowledge of autism.

We accept referrals from Healthcare Professionals and also directly from individuals (self-referral) who would like an autism assessment.  We are happy to receive referrals for all adults over the age of 18 years regardless of their IQ. This includes people who also have a learning disability or other developmental conditions.

Due to a high level of demand on the service we are currently operating a waiting list. We ask for your patience during this time and we will keep you up to date regarding your referral.  We aim to provide all service users with an initial assessment appointment within 12 weeks of referral, and provide a diagnosis within 26 weeks of referral.

If autism is diagnosed, all service users are offered a one off follow up appointment where guidance and advice is provided. You can find out more about what to expect in the care pathway section on this page.

The team also provide training and development for neighbouring NHS organisations and delivers an autism masterclasses to local authority professionals. Please see the training section for further information.

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