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What is autism?

The definition of autism has changed over time and continues to evolve as we understand more.


Autism is a complex lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a child communicates, interacts and relates to the world around them.


The underlying causes of autism are still uncertain. However, it appears likely from ongoing research that chemical imbalances in the brain, genetic factors and biomedical disturbances may be contributors.

There are other names for autism used by some people, such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Thatis the medical name for autism.

  • Asperger’s Syndrome. That is used by some people to describe autistic people with average or above-average intelligence. Download a guide below to find out more.


Our Autism Diagnostic Journey - Baljit Ghuman


Parent advocate Baljit Ghuman is a South Asian father with a daughter on the autism spectrum. He details the challenges of navigating the diagnostic journey within the South Asian community.

Autism and Sibling Relationships (autism and mental health awareness, end mental health stigma)

Sikhs for Autism advocates and helps with creating awareness around autism, especially within the Sikh and South Asian communities. We strive to work collaboratively towards building inclusive communities that ensure the rights and needs of the autism community


Healthwatch Warwickshire

Our purpose is to understand the needs, experiences, and concerns of people who use health and social care services (such as dentists, GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies, and residential care homes). We make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers hear your voice and use your feedback to improve care.


Our website has reliable and trustworthy information and support on a range of issues, includes an anonymous form to leave feedback, a contact form to request information, and lists local events that we are involved in.


To contact us go to: Contact us | Healthwatch Warwickshire or call 01926 422823

An e-booklet, aiming to improve information and support available for neurodivergent people and their families is now available on the news page of the 'Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing' website.

Invitation to talk about Adult Social Care

We are running an online event on April 17th 2-4pm, where we will be listening to feedback about adult social care, we can also set up separate phone calls for those who can’t make the meeting and we can arrange for an interpreter if required. I have attached an invitation above and a booking link below. Please do share these with anyone who would benefit from having their voice heard or their concerns addressed.


Invitation to talk about Adult Social Care


Adult social care offers support to people in a wide range of circumstances. If you live in Warwickshire and are currently receiving support from Adult Social Care Services Healthwatch Warwickshire would like to invite you join a discussion about your experiences. Relatives and carers are also welcome.


Monday 17th April, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm  (online)


This is an opportunity for your experiences to be heard by the people who can make a difference.


For anyone who can’t make the meeting we can offer to arrange a phone call with them to listen to feedback. We can also arrange an interpreter if required. To arrange this please contact Robyn Dorling at / 01926 422823


Booking link and online details: Adult Social Care Services | Healthwatch Warwickshire

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