Advice and Information
Autism Information Helpline
Thousands of people receive support from our helpline each year, it is often the first port of call for a parent following a child’s diagnosis.
Our helpline welcomes calls from parents and carers who live anywhere in the West Midlands to discuss concerns they have about autism (before and after diagnosis). Callers will find experienced, understanding staff who offer a listening ear and who can provide information about autism and local support services. Our helpline can also book a face to appointment for a parent/carer at one of our community based advice sessions.
To contact our helpline call 0303 03 00 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(If you are unable to get through on our helpline number please ring 0121 450 7582 and select option 2).
Thursday: 9.30am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Please note that our Helpline is a very busy but small department that may take several days to respond to requests…and we appreciate your patients during this time. This vital service is funded by the generosity of individuals and companies that donate to the charity. if you wish to donate please click here
Advice Sessions take place in community based venues across the West Midlands and are the chance to speak, face to face, with an experienced practitioner.
Appointments last for 45 minutes and during this time parents and other family members receive advice and guidance about autism, practical strategies and resources to try at home and information about other local services.
To find out where our current advice sessions are please see our events calendar.
We are unable to offer advice sessions in all areas of the West Midlands due to funding constraints.
Support in the home
Support at home on autism specific issues/behaviours (‘sometimes called ‘family outreach’ or ‘targeted support’) is available in some areas.
Support is offered to help parents understand their child’s autism and learn strategies that can support their child. The child must have an autism spectrum diagnosis and parents should usually have attended advice appointments and training. Outreach/targeted support does not involve direct work with the child/young person. To find out if you would benefit from this support please discuss your needs at an advice appointment
This area of support is currently available in Birmingham & the Black Country, Shropshire and Solihull but please note we do not take direct referrals in the following areas
- Solihull – referrals must come through SOLAR (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service for those aged 0-19 years, in Solihull)
- Sandwell – referrals must come through Action for Children
Autism West Midlands works in partnership with local authorities, local NHS, voluntary organisations and charitable trusts and is grateful for the support of The ACT Foundation, Action For Children, Sandwell Council, SOLAR (Solihull), Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Shropshire Council.