Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Conditions

AccessAbility provides a range of support for students with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) such as Asperger’s Syndrome. We are aware that 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 and implemented. 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 to access the library or familiarise yourself with the campus
  • Access to assistive technology, included apps that help with organisation and managing the transition to University

We also offer an ASC social group which runs throughout the academic year, and transition days for students prior to the beginning of the academic year.

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.

Useful Resources

Websites:

https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/diagnosis/autism?gclid=CJWOvvOE0dMCFUu6GwodP9gCQg

http://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx

http://www.autismuk.com/

Books:

  • ‘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

More information about books available to loan from the University can be found here.