(UK) Isle of Wight: PRIVATE autism diagnosis service available for $2,200 (US)

Aug 10, 2018, Isle of Wight County Press: Private autism diagnosis and assessment unit to be launched in September [Cost to parents: $2,200 US dollars] A NEW private autism diagnosis and assessment service will be available on the Isle of Wight from the end of September. Bridges for Learning educational psychology neurodevelopmental service will be offering a full service, including follow up support. Parents will have to pay £1,700 [$2,200] for the diagnosis, although some parent groups are looking into funding. The service adheres to the clinical excellence guidelines set by NICE (National Institute for Care and Clinical Excellence). Some parents have been waiting up to two years for a diagnosis after the Autism Research Diagnostic Centre in Southampton closed for referrals last October. A backlog of 150 referrals are still waiting to be assessed. … Health chiefs have warned it could take up to a year to clear the backlog….