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Neurodiversity & Autism

This is version one of the webpage so we would welcome any feedback to enhance it. Please send feedback here.

This is a collaborative webpage created for those with an interest in the Coventry and Warwickshire strategy for autistic people including:

  • Neurodivergent children and parents/carers 
  • Neurodivergent adults
  • Professionals 
  • General public


We have developed this webpage to:

  • Create a central webpage for Coventry and Warwickshire autism strategy and work
  • Ensure there is one webpage with all links within it to neurodevelopmental resources in Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Provide an easy to navigate co-produced page for people in Coventry and Warwickshire to access 
  • Avoid Duplication and confusion  
  • Promote resources and available support – local, regional, and national


The webpage is a central place to outline the All-Age Autism Strategy – 2021-2026 for Coventry and Warwickshire and local resources.

Taken from the All-Age Autism strategy;

'Autism touches the lives of many people living in Coventry and Warwickshire and can affect many aspects of life, from school to healthcare to employment, housing and social lives. As such, the strategy takes an all age and whole life approach and encompasses children, young people, adults, older adults and their parents and carers with the following vision:

Autistic people and their families are able to live fulfilling and rewarding lives within a society that accepts and understands them. They can get a diagnosis and access support if they need it, and they can depend on mainstream public services to treat them fairly as individuals, helping them make the most of their talents.

There are 5 priorities within the strategy as below.


The joint five-year Autism Strategy is for adults, children and young people across Coventry and Warwickshire and is owned by the following organisations and partnership boards:

  • Warwickshire County Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • The Warwickshire Autism Partnership Board

All partners to this strategy are committed to commissioning high quality autism services and support and will work with partner organisations to improve the lives and opportunities for autistic children, young people, and adults. This 5-year local strategy has been co-produced with support from a wide range of people, including autistic people and their families and people working in services and organisations that support autistic people.

Within Coventry and Warwickshire we have the Information for Neurodivergent People and their Families E-booklet resource. This aims to bring together the different information and advice offered locally. 

The E-booklet was produced by professionals from different organisations, neurodivergent people and their families. It provides useful information about services and support available for those who are diagnosed or who self-identify as neurodivergent and those who care for and support them.

The E-booklet is designed to be accessible and has links to useful webpages and also videos. When you open the E-booklet you can click on the save icon to save this document.

Within the E-booklet and its resources you can find information on: 

Section One: Outlines some of the current understanding of neurodiversity, enabling you to consider your own views and preferred language.
Section Two: With so much information available, it can be difficult to know where to start. This section provides information about support and services that maybe useful to understand the support you need.
Section Three: Includes frequently asked questions about a number of issues. We have collated useful information and advice to help answer these questions. You can access this information and resources, whether you have a diagnosis, you are seeking a diagnosis, identify as neurodivergent, or just exploring.
Links to the easy read and printable versions of the E-booklet can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing is a free online tool that provides information to support adults, children, and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. You can rate yourself or another person using the Dimensions, to create a profile which can highlight a person’s areas of strength and areas where they may benefit from support. It provides trusted information about, local services, national support and resources such as videos, apps and books.

Since developing the tool, the Dimensions Team has delivered an accessible version which expands the tool to meet the needs of our neurodiverse community, in addition to those looking for information and support for their mental health and wellbeing. The new version has been co-designed with input from clinicians, Voluntary Community Social Enterprise partners, and people with lived experience.

This short animation explains who can use the Dimensions tool and how it can support you.

Please visit the Dimensions website today to create your own Dimensions profile to identify your strengths and support needs. You can also explore the support options available to you in the self-care flyers.
 

Why did we change Dimensions?

If you regularly use the Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing tool, we have explained why the changes have been made in the Introducing the new Dimensions article.

Autism Central for Parents and Carers is a national resource that has a whole wealth of resources available, the website is aimed at family members or carers of an autistic children or adults. The website says:

‘As parents and carers of autistic children, young people and adults, it can be hard to find help when you’re trying to get the right support. Autism Central aims to make it easier to learn more about autism and services available to you.’

The Academy is not a School, College or Academy in the traditional sense of the word. You don’t need to be academically minded to attend and there are no tests, exams or assessments. The Academy offers a wide range of trauma informed courses and workshops designed to empower your mental health and wellbeing, provided by a number of Partner organisations working together.

Courses are delivered face to face and via online group sessions. All Academy courses and workshops are completely FREE OF CHARGE and open to anyone over the age of 18 living in Coventry and Warwickshire who wants to better manage or understand their mental health and wellbeing. Friends, family, staff, and carers are encouraged to attend as we strongly believe in learning together to get the most out of the courses on offer.

The Guide to Reasonable Adjustments for Autistic Adults was co-produced by a number of autistic Experts by Experience and staff working in the Neuro-liaison and Adult Neurodevelopmental Teams.

The guide has been adapted from the original mental health-based version, to include suggestions for implementing reasonable adjustments in a wider range of contexts. We hope that this toolkit will encourage you to think about how you can make some really small but powerful changes, to help reduce some of the inequalities autistic people face when trying to access support services. 

The one-page profile is a quick way to understand someone’s interests, environments they thrive in and how best to support them. It’s a conversation starter…something that isn’t medical, which might help to reduce anxiety and build connection. It means people don’t have to re-tell their story over and over and can help you to build the trust of the person you are working with. The conversation becomes person to person, rather than clinician to client.

(Ben Begg, Autistic Expert by Experience)

 

If you have any further queries about any of the resources, please contact Sarah Leddy, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist in the Neurodevelopmental Liaison Project Team: sarah.leddy@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

 

Wrong Size Fits All short film

 

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