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About Autism West Midlands

We are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism. We use our passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people with autism and those who love and care for them.

About Autism West Midlands

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

We are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism. We use our expertise to enrich the lives of people with autism and those who love and care for them. Our passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support to people with autism.

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

Our Vision

A world where people with autism are universally understood and accepted as equal citizens.

Our Mission

To provide specialist support and advice to people of all ages with autism and their families, living in the West Midlands, enabling them to meet their full potential.

Rated Good by the Care Quality Commission

Our Values

Our Values

Our History

Our story began in 1965 when groups of parents with children on the autism spectrum in Birmingham joined together to provide each other with support and encouragement. By the 1980s, parents were campaigning to raise funds to set up Oakfield House, our first residential home, opened by Princess Anne in 1988. We now have six residential homes; two supported living establishments, and provide support in the community to hundreds of people on the autism spectrum and their families. Parental support groups remain very important: we have large numbers of support groups throughout the West Midlands.

Download our "30 years of Autism West Midlands" timeline

Autism West Midlands - Celebrating 30 Years

CQC Ratings

CQC ratings are available for each service.

To view our CQC reports please click on a location below:

Senior Managers

Day to day running of the charity is the responsibility of the staff, led by the chief executive and senior management team.

Philip Middlewood

Philip Middlewood

Chief Executive

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Director of Finance and Resources

Michelle Cox Coley

Operations Manager

Deborah Hughes

Operations Manager

Our Trustees

Our charity is governed by Trustees, all of whom give their services free of charge. Our Trustees are responsible for the overall strategy of the charity and for its governance.

  • Justine Morton (Chair)
  • John Drozd (Chair of the Finance Committee)
  • Gurdip Singh
  • Ashok Roy
  • Glenys Jones
  • Phil Jordan
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