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Autism West Midlands

There are more than half a million people in the UK living with autism, an invisible, misunderstood and lonely disability. 60,000 live in the West Midlands.

We are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people affected by autism. We exist to enable all people with autism, and those who love and care for them to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Our passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support to people affected by autism. What we do:

  • Support people with autism to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home
  • Provide activities and events and support for families, and an information helpline
  • Help people with autism to find and keep a job
  • Offer training for parents of children with autism, and the professionals who help them ....and much more!

For more information please check our website at


Childrens Services - Special Educational Needs

Government Website - more information can be found at


 Contact a Family

We support families of disabled children across the UK and enable them to support themselves.

We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

  • Contact a Family helpline
    Our freephone helpline advises thousands of parents each year on all aspects of caring for a disabled child.
  • Website and parent resources
    Our website has information on issues such as education, benefits and family life, and our parent resources cover a range of topics including health and social care services
  • SEN Direct
     Our SENDirect service is a website where families of children with disabilities or special educational needs can search for and compare accessible support, activities and services.
  • Medical information
    We provide up-to-date and validated information on hundreds of disabilities and conditions, their symptoms, treatment and the support available.
  • Workshops and information sessions
    We run workshops and information sessions for parents across the UK.
  • Freephone: 0808 808 3555 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday; free from UK landlines and UK mobiles (Answer within five rings)

    (Response within two working days)

    Twitter: @contactafamily
    (Response within two working days)

    (Response within 10 working days)




    Coram Children's Legal Centre

    Part of the Coram group, Coram Children's Legal Centre is the UK's leading children's legal charity. We are committed to promoting children's rights in the UK and worldwide. We provide free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as training and consultancy on child law and children's rights.

    More details can be found at:


      Council for Disabled Children

    The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is  the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations. We are the only national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.  Our work impacts on over 800,000 disabled children and their families.

     More details can be found on the website


     Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

    Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust provides a wide range of integrated mental health services to children, adults and older people across the communities of Dudley and Walsall.

    Our Vision: To be Better Together - delivering flexible, high quality, evidence based services to enable people to achieve recovery.

    More details can be found at their website


    IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Educational Advice)

    Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity. Ipsea offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.  IPSEA gives advice and support on:

    • Local Authorities duty to assess and provide for children with special educational needs. Education Health and Dare  
    • Exclusion from school for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. 
    • Appeals to the SEND tribunal 
    • Action/inaction by Local Authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children and young people with disabilities.

    For more details please check our website


                                SEND Code of Practice 2014

    Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

    For more details please check the website: