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Support for students with autism spectrum conditions

Autism spectrum conditions

We provide a range of support for students with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) such as Asperger’s Syndrome.

We know support needs vary considerably for students with ASC and we advise that students contact AccessAbility@exeter.ac.uk as early as possible prior to their arrival at Exeter, so that individual needs can be discussed: if you are a prospective student, please read through our Prospective Student webpage and fill out our Prospective Student online form.

AccessAbility Advisors are the initial point of contact for students. During a meeting, the Advisor will set up an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) explaining reasonable adjustments that might be required, including specific recommendations for teaching and exams. We also liaise closely with academic colleges, the Accommodation Office and other University services, as necessary.

If you are a student with ASC you might benefit from:

  • Regular 1:1 meetings with a specialist mentor
  • Specific arrangements for exams and teaching
  • Support for your specific accommodation requirements, such as an ensuite room
  • 1:1 study skills support from a specialist tutor
  • A support worker to help you access the library or familiarise yourself with your campus
  • Access to assistive technology, including apps that help with organisation and managing the transition to University

We also run an ASC social group through the academic year, and transition days for students prior to the beginning of each academic year. Transition days will provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the University during a quieter period, and prepares them to successfully manage their transition to university. Dates and times for Transition Days in 2022 will be confirmed here at the earliest opportunity - please see more information below.

Some students may not have a diagnosis of ASC, but suspect that they may have the condition. Those students can make an appointment to see an AccessAbility Adviser to discuss this in confidence. We can explore whether an assessment would be appropriate and can advise of the options for referral and assessment.

ASC Transition Day 2022

The ASC Transition Day will take place in person this year, on Monday 4th July 2022. We will also offer an online transition event later in the year; this is likely to be in early September.

We are currently finalising details for the transition day in July, and will add more information to this page shortly. The transition day will include a campus tour, a question and answer session with current students, and general information about what to expect when coming to university. 

Please be aware that there will be limited spaces available and they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We will keep a reserve list if we reach capacity so that we can notify if spaces become available.

If you have applied to study with us in September 2022, we would strongly encourage you to fill out our Prospective Student Online Form as soon as possible so that we can organise any support adjustments for you prior to your arrival.

  • Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome for Parents, Professionals and You! by Jerry Newport.
  • Solutions for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome: Maximising the Benefits, Minimising the Drawbacks to Achieve Success by Juanita Lovett.
  • Top tips for Asperger students: how to get the most out of university and college by Rosemary Martin