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Autism diagnosis delays having ''huge impact'' on families

While there are good examples of diagnostic and assessments services in Wales, we are very concerned that not everyone can access a timely diagnosis and that not every area is following the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines on recognition, referral and diagnosis of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Our experience in Pembrokeshire has been particularly difficult, with some members of the branch waiting up to seven years for a diagnostic assessment. This lengthy wait for diagnosis is having a huge impact on families.

– National Autistic Society (NAS) Cymru

Calls for action on autism diagnosis delays in Pembrokeshire

A petition is being handed in to the National Assembly for Wales today to complain about the amount of time it takes for children in Pembrokeshire to get an autism diagnosis.

The petition - raised by the Pembrokeshire branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) Cymru - has received 902 signatures.

It calls on the Welsh Government to take action on the diagnosis delays currently experienced in the county.

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