Prospective Students with AS/asd

The AccessAbility Centre has supported students with Asperger syndrome/autism spectrum differences (AS /asd) for over a decade.  It has an experienced specialist Study Adviser for students with AS/asd who can support students and their families during the transition from school to university. 

Some students worry about telling the university they have AS/asd and reject support because they think that it will be the same as when they were at school.  We want to reassure prospective students that any information about students is kept confidential and other people are only told if the student gives their permission.

We advise students to let us know if they have AS/asd 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 problems before they become major issues. 

It is better to tell us than it is to muddle along being misunderstood and misjudged.

Making the right choices is perhaps more important for students with AS /asd than for many others.  We can help you by: 

  • Arranging visits to academic departments at quiet times of the term or in the holidays,
  • Helping you choose a course and type of accommodation that matches your strengths,
  • Organising transition visits,
  • Explaining about the type of support you can have at university,
  • Provide training to those who will be working with you.

We can help with your application for the Disabled Students’ Allowance and explain about the different ways you can be supported at the University.  If you do not have an up to date assessment of educational needs, the specialist Study Advisor can organise this for you.  If you are eligible for a student loan, the cost of this assessment can be met by the Access to Learning Fund.

Please feel free to contact us or come into the AccessAbility Centre when you visit the university. 

For more information 
See the support available to students with AS/asd or go straight to the main AS/asd support page.


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