Autism is a life-long, developmental disability, which affects how a person communicates with and relates to others as well as how they experience the world around them.
Autism is more commonly diagnosed than thought, with 1 in every 100 people receiving the diagnosis in the UK alone.
Autism is a spectrum disorder which means it affects different people to varying degrees and in different ways and therefore some people with Autism can live independent lives while others require a great deal of care and support.
If you have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s by a medical professional, and have copies of the medical evidence or diagnostic report, the Student Wellbeing Centre can work with you on applying for and setting up relevant academic support. This can include support such as a Learning Support Plan and Disabled Students’ Allowances.
For prospective students, the Student Wellbeing Team offer a free Transitional Summer School – WOW, to students with a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s or an anxiety about the changes that University life may bring. This is a free, 3 day; 2-night stay held in July each and has previously won the National Autistic Society award for Innovative Educational Provision.