Students with autistic spectrum conditions

A general introduction to the support available at the University of Leicester

If you know you have an autistic spectrum condition or if you think you might have and would like some discrete advice or support, please contact the AccessAbility Centre (AAC) so we can give you an appointment to see our specialist Study Adviser.  You can do this before you come to university or at any point during your course.

We can guide you through the process of applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).  Any support that you might need can be discussed and organised.

We advise students to let us know if they have an autistic spectrum condition so that support can be made available and so that everybody – the student, AccessAbility staff, the student’s Personal Tutor, the AccessAbility Tutor for the department and their parents/carers can keep in touch with each other and solve minor difficulties before they become major issues.

Students who already have the DSA will be contacted by the AAC will receive the support agreed.  The information below is there as a reminder.  Students new to the AAC will have these things explained to them.

Many students have high levels of anxiety.  The specialist Study Adviser is accustomed to dealing with the wide variety of behaviours that can be triggered by the anxiety.  The AAC and the university do their best to support students and we do not make hasty judgements.  At the AAC we try to adapt our systems to take account of each person's needs.

The AAC can offer the type of support that many students need and more specialist support.   Most students are expected to be responsible for such things as passing on information to their departments.  We can help students who find this difficult.

Students can request:

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