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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 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.

The on-campus transition event will be held on Monday 4th July at Streatham Campus. Please be aware that limited spaces are available. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and we will keep a reserve list if we reach capacity so that we can notify you if spaces become available. Numbers for our online event will not be capped.

Attendees will be invited to bring a maximum of one supporter with them if they wish to.

The agenda is as follows:


09:30 – 09:45: Registration and refreshments

09:45 – 10:30: Introduction to the AccessAbility team

10:30 – 12:00: Campus Tour

12:00 – 13:00: Personal Tutor question and answer session

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Current student question and answer session

15:30 – 15:45: Break and refreshments

15:45 – 16:45: ASC Social Group taster (optional)


Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a free lunch will be provided. This will include a range of sandwiches and crisps. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you would prefer.

Members of staff from the AccessAbility team will be present throughout the day, to assist and answer any queries from students. 

Online transition event – Friday 9th September 2022

The online transition event will be held via Zoom, and we will send a meeting link out to attendees nearer the time. The agenda will be as follows:

10:00 - 10:50: AccessAbility Advisor and ASC Mentor Question and Answer Session

10:50 - 11:00: Break

11:00 - 12:00: Personal Tutor Question and Answer Session

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30: Current Student Question and Answer Session

How to book your place

If you would like to attend either event, please complete the relevant booking form below. You are welcome to complete a booking form for both events. You can also add any questions that you might want us to answer on the day to the booking form. 

If you are interested in attending the on-campus event, please ensure that you fill out the booking form by 12pm on Monday 27th June. We will email you within 5 working days of your form being submitted to confirm your place or let you know if you’ve been added to the reserve list. Numbers for the online event will not be capped.

In person event: Booking form – in-person transition event on Monday 4th July

Online event: Booking form – online transition event on Friday 9th September

Further details for each event will be emailed to attendees nearer the time.

Setting up your support prior to the start of your course

If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend that you fill out our Prospective Student Online Form as soon as possible to give us further information about the support adjustments you may require at Exeter. This can include accommodation needs and academic adjustments:

Prospective Student Online Form

We also recommend you apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances as soon as you can, as this can give you access to support including assistive technology and software, and regular specialist mentoring sessions. DSA can take up to 14 weeks to be agreed, so it is best to start the application process as soon as possible:

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

If you have any questions, please get in touch with  

  • 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