General information about autism

Unfortunately, the Netherlands Autism Register is a research organisation and therefore cannot answer questions regarding individual diagnostics and treatment. You can contact your general practitioner (GP), in Dutch 'huisarts', for questions about diagnoses, treatment or medication.

General Practitioners (GPs) & Doctors in the Netherlands

Explanation about the role of the GP in de Dutch healthcare system and information on how to find one. (in English)

GZA healthcare

GZA (Asylum Seeker Healthcare) provides healthcare for all asylum seekers. At nearly every COA (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers) location, GZA (Asylum Seeker Healthcare) has a healthcare centre where the asylum seeker can go for an appointment with a healthcare profession, such as the doctor’s assistant, nurse, POH-GGZ (Mental Healthcare Nurse Practitioner) or general practitioner. (in English)

Angloinfo Netherlands: Special Education
Information in English about the provisions for children with special needs in the Netherlands. (in English)

NVA - Nederlandse Vereniging voor Autisme
The NVA is the Dutch Autism Assocation for people with autism, their relatives and caretakers. They are involved in advocacy, provision of reliable information and contact with individuals and families in the same situation. (in Dutch)

Information and Advice Line
Do you want more information about autism or do you have a question and don’t know who to ask? Send a message to or call on working days between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on telephone number: 030 – 22 99 800 and choose option 3 in the drop-down menu. You will then get an experienced volunteer on the phone, who will be happy to think along and search with you. Not all volunteers speak English. Emails will be answered within 3-5 business days.

Information leaflets
Autism in toddlers - Information for parents
 Children with autism - Information for parents
 Autism in Teenagers - Information for teenagers and their parents

PAS - Personen uit het Autisme Spectrum
Organisation for adults with (high-functioning) autism. The objectives of PAS are: advocacy, information, expertise, peer support and to promote communication between autistic people and between autistic and non-autistic people. (in Dutch)

Netherlands-wide support organisation for parents of children with conditions such as ADHD, ADD, Asperger, Dyslexia, PDD-NOS and other. (in Dutch)

Public organisation that aims at supporting children, youngsters, and adults who are hard of hearing, deaf, deaf-and-blind, visually impaired, those who are developmentally delayed in the field of speech and language, as well as those who are autistic or mentally disabled and in addition have difficulties with speech or language. Anyone confronted with barriers to communication is entitled to support from Kentalis in the form of diagnostics, care and education. (in Dutch and English)

Youz helps children, young people and (young) adults who have complaints or more serious psychological problems, such as: ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorder, autism, depression, compulsive disorder, eating disorder and more.

Most Youz practitioners are psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurse specialists or (ortho) pedagogues. They have knowledge of the diseases and work with children and young people and their families on a daily basis.

Various locations through Holland
088 358 88 88 (in Dutch)

MEE is an organisation with specialists who can help answer questions on matters related to education, upbringing, housing, employment, social facilities, income, transport and leisure-time activities for anyone with a handicap, functional disability or chronic illness. This organisation is funded by the Dutch government and its services are available free of charge. The website is exclusively in Dutch, but MEE provides a brochure with general information in English (PDF document).

Telephone: 0900 999 8888

Start Foundation
Start Foundation creates, preserves and makes jobs accessible for disadvantaged persons who have no or limited access to the labor market in the Netherlands. (in Dutch and English)

AAOF Autism Association for Overseas Families in the Netherlands
Facebook group for parents and professionals where questions and general information may be posted about autism in the Netherlands.

Visit the Facebook page
Special Needs Families in the Netherlands
This Facebook group is open to all families in the Netherlands who have children with special needs, particularly expat and immigrant families.

Visit the Facebook page

CHIRP Amsterdam - the Netherlands International Autism Family Network
Play/support group for parents who have children with neurobiological disorders such as sensory issues, autism, aspergers, ADHD, epilepsy and other pervasive developmental disorders that are related to the Autism Spectrum etc.

Visit the Facebook page

Dutch expert centre for studying with disabilities. It promotes the participation of students with disabilities in higher education. The mission of ECIO is to allow students with a handicap to successfully participate in the higher education of their choice. (in Dutch)

Ouders & Onderwijs
Information point for parents about education in NL. (in Dutch)

SIO - Stichting Internationaal Onderwijs
List of all international schools and international departments of Dutch schools in the Netherlands, by the Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands.

International Therapist Directory - Nederland
List of international therapists who have a practice in the Netherlands.
You can find all English speaking psychotherapists, psychologists and coaches here. These therapists have enough knowledge of the English language to be able to give psychotherapy sessions in English.

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