Petition Create an emergency fund for ASD (autism) & ADHD assessments
The Government should create an emergency fund to deal with the massive waiting lists for autism & ADHD assessments for children AND adults. This would provide resources for local health services deal with current waiting lists and new patients.
The waiting lists for these assessments are massively long up & down the country. In some areas children and adults have to wait years for an assessment. This can cause great distress to those on waiting lists and their families. It's time neurodevelopment is taken seriously. The effects of late diagnosis are well documented. Children diagnosed earlier perform better in school, they are less likely to develop mental health issues later in life. Adults left to wait for such long periods are more likely to develop mental health issues. These are just a few benefits of early diagnosis.
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