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The Family Research Group at the University of Warwick are working with the charities Cerebra, Mencap, Ambitious about Autism and ENABLE Scotland to explore the experiences of families of young children with a diagnosed or suspected learning disability and/or autism in the UK, particularly related to their use and access to support in the early years, as well as family and parental wellbeing.

We are inviting parents of children aged 0-6 years old with learning disability and/or autism living in the UK to take part in our brief survey – either online or by post.

To find out more about the research project, who we are, and the involvement of our charity partners, please click HERE

Are you interested in taking part?

Are you the parent or parental caregiver of a child aged 0-6 years old (from birth until the day before their 7th birthday) with a diagnosed or suspected learning disability and/or autism and live in the UK? Your child might have other conditions as well – as long as your child has a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of a learning disability (sometimes referred to as intellectual disability, developmental delay or special educational needs) and/or autism and lives in the UK. If so, you are invited to take part in our new ‘Support in the Early Years’ study.

Participating in the study will involve completing a survey either online or by post, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You will be asked about you and your family, your child’s skills and development, any diagnoses your child has been given, you and your family’s wellbeing, what type of support you currently receive, how difficult you have found it to access services, as well as anything that has helped you with access to services.

For more information about taking part in the study please see our information sheet at the top of this page.

How to complete the survey

The survey can be completed online HERE or you can request a paper version of the survey, which will be sent to you in the post with a pre-paid envelope for you to return to us.

To request a paper version of the survey, please complete the form below, or call the research team on 024 7657 5866 or email us at We will not keep a record of your personal details (name or address) after sending you the survey.

Cick here to complete the online survey

Form to request a paper version of the survey