Adult Diagnosis

  • Find information on adult assessment and diagnosis, CLBC, Social housing options and much more.

    Table of Contents

    • Adult Autism Assessment
    • Employment
    • Independent Living
    • Learn More

    Adult Autism Assessment

    Adult autism assessments are only offered privately and for a fee. They range in price from $2000-$4000. It is important to see a clinical psychologist with experience in assessing adults as the diagnosis becomes more complex in adulthood.

    Whereas some individuals will carry their diagnosis into adulthood, others may reach adulthood without a clear-cut diagnosis. In some cases, family members, such as a spouse or child, or a co-worker might be the first to point out to the adult individual that he or she may display characteristics associated with ASD. It is not uncommon for adults to seek support from our autism resource specialists about enduring issues, such as social and communication challenges, with an underlying suspicion that it could be autism. Getting a diagnosis in adulthood can be complicated, and there are many things that need to be considered before jumping to any conclusions.

     If you are an adult and suspect you might have autism, consider:

    • A diagnosis of autism in adulthood may allow you to access services that you otherwise could not have access to. For example, you may qualify for Community Living BC services (CLBC) or the BC disability tax credit.
    • Just having a diagnosis does not automatically make you eligible for these services.
    • Taking courses, reading books, taking skill-streaming curriculum could help you gain clarity.
    • WorkBC offers individualized support for people with a disability, which could help you learn skills to ensure successful employment

    The truth is: it is very difficult to list out all the possibilities for adults with ASD. In fact, even CLBC does not list out their adult resources. This is because services for adults with ASD are highly individualized. It is not a one size fits all model, rather a personal journey that will take some hard decision-making and consultation.

    Employment

    Creating and customizing a job that matches the job seeker’s skills.

    Independent Living

    There are many possible models for community living for an Adult with ASD, regardless of where they are on the spectrum. While some individuals may be able to live independently, hold a job and a mortgage, others may need more support. Independent living skills can be taught in much the same way as job skills, they can be broken down into tasks. Before thinking about moving out, it is important to really examine the types of supports that the adult may need to have in place in order to successfully live independently or semi-independently. Examples include: access to public transit, safety precautions in the living space, cooking skills etc.
     Consider:

    • How much support is needed for daily activities? Is life skills training needed (cleaning, cooking, shopping, transportation)
    • How much independence is safe? Independence/Interdependence.
    • The possibility of home sharing: a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support.

    In BC there are six types of residential services to choose from. Do the research and consultations to assess which one will best suit your families needs.

    • Supported Living – Services are relatively minimal in nature, fostering an independent living vibe. Specific support needs are provided when relevant.
    • Supervised Living (semi-independent) – More structured supports are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Life-skills are addressed and the individual may live alone or with others.
    • Group Home Living – Individuals live together in a home and have assistance 24/7. Instruction focuses on living independently such as how to iron, or cook food.
    • Group Living/ Ownership (co-op) – The place itself is owned co-operatively by those individuals who live there, but caregivers are still present to provide support. Like in the group home model, caregivers are hired by an agency contracted by the co-op.
    • Teaching Family Model – Individuals or couples live in a family home with professional teaching parents who work to assist with family-style living support.
    • Assisted Living/ Intermediate Care Facilities – Provide assistance with daily living routines such as hygiene and dressing. Some ICF programs will provide medication and help with reminding clients to take such medication.

    It may be tricky to establish the real differences between the above models. This is because there is a great deal of overlap. We always suggest you visit each type of model and do the research before choosing where the adult will live.

    To learn more or to find resources please click here. To speak with one of our information officers contact us at info@autismbc.ca or call 1-888-437-0880.