Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS)

This section is for you if you are a healthcare or other professional who wishes to make a referral into our service, or are interested in improving your awareness of autism spectrum disorder.

Making a referral for autism assessment

To make a referral to our service, please complete and return the Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service referral form to

To support you in ensuring the correct degree of information is provided, you can download a referral example.

Please complete the referral form in full and include as much detail as possible. Referrals which are incomplete or don’t meet our referral criteria will be returned. Please use a secure email address such as when submitting your referral form.

Referrals will not be accepted if they are for someone who:

  • Is under 18. You are advised to refer anyone under the age of 18 to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Is not registered with a GP in Leedsone of the practices listed as a Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group member practice
  • Does not consent to the referral. (We have experienced service users being referred without full consent, e.g. when a referral is submitted by a carer)
  • Did not experience autism features during childhood.

If there is a mental health or substance misuse problem which may affect the autism assessment, please contact us on 0113 85 50712 to discuss this before sending the referral.


We are keen to ensure health and care professionals working with autistic people have an excellent level of awareness.  Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service has the capability to train NHS and other staff including GPs, social services and voluntary and private providers.   Please note, for external training we do charge a fee.

If you would like to know more about the training we can offer, please register your interest by emailing A member of the team will get back to you.

We aim to always involve autistic service users in developing and delivering training.   If you are an autistic person and would like to help us with training, please email us with the subject heading ‘training’.


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