What unis have good support for autistic students?

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Im applying to uni this year and i was wondering what unis have good support for autistic students before i apply.
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I think if you're entitled to Disabled Students Allowance then provision is similar as the support you need is mandated by a Government service. Having said that, I have found The University of Winchester and Bournemouth University extremely helpful, even before my DSA was put in place. I was not diagnosed with Autism when I studied at Bournemouth back in 2014 but everyone suspected I had it. The University paid the difference for me to see an Autism specialist mentor rather than just a standard mentor - they went above and beyond.

I think another key thing to look at when considering a University is how you are going to travel around, (if you struggle with public transport), or if you're staying in halls of residence and struggle with socialising, what the halls are like etc. Out of the two I have studied at, Bournemouth University was huge, and I found it all very intimidating. It was basically a party house at the halls I stayed in. On the other hand, The University of Winchester was perfect. The halls were right next to the main campus and was much more relaxed in terms of partying. Students seemed more studious.

Just my experiences based on two Universities I have studied at.
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(Original post by ellieemae)
Im applying to uni this year and i was wondering what unis have good support for autistic students before i apply.
Some useful information here:

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...for-university

and here:

https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/s...-special-needs

Best of luck
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Birmingham were really good for me, I had DSA as well which definitely helped with evidence and getting things put in place, but after that it was so easy to get exam arrangements in place and extra support as default (additional support from tutors/lecturers, allowances for presentations, longer library loan periods, excused absences, potential to defer exams to the summer if necessary with fewer questions asked etc.).
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Thank you so much!
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I think if you're entitled to Disabled Students Allowance then provision is similar as the support you need is mandated by a Government service. Having said that, I have found The University of Winchester and Bournemouth University extremely helpful, even before my DSA was put in place. I was not diagnosed with Autism when I studied at Bournemouth back in 2014 but everyone suspected I had it. The University paid the difference for me to see an Autism specialist mentor rather than just a standard mentor - they went above and beyond.

I think another key thing to look at when considering a University is how you are going to travel around, (if you struggle with public transport), or if you're staying in halls of residence and struggle with socialising, what the halls are like etc. Out of the two I have studied at, Bournemouth University was huge, and I found it all very intimidating. It was basically a party house at the halls I stayed in. On the other hand, The University of Winchester was perfect. The halls were right next to the main campus and was much more relaxed in terms of partying. Students seemed more studious.

Just my experiences based on two Universities I have studied at.
Thank you for replying! I live in London so my plan is to move to a quieter area of the UK, im thinking of applying to Plymouth. Im really worried about the socialising side of things, especially with halls. I haven't really looked into DSA but i got diagnosed with ASD in January 2020, hopefully my sixth form can help me out with that. Its a shame most unis are not open for physical tours at the moment as i think actually seeing the university would lessen my anxiety a lot.
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Thank you for replying! I live in London so my plan is to move to a quieter area of the UK, im thinking of applying to Plymouth. Im really worried about the socialising side of things, especially with halls. I haven't really looked into DSA but i got diagnosed with ASD in January 2020, hopefully my sixth form can help me out with that. Its a shame most unis are not open for physical tours at the moment as i think actually seeing the university would lessen my anxiety a lot.
Definitely ask unis about tours later in the summer - even in a normal year unis sometimes offer extra tours/early move-in for students with autism to help them settle in and adjust better
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(Original post by ellieemae)
Thank you for replying! I live in London so my plan is to move to a quieter area of the UK, im thinking of applying to Plymouth. Im really worried about the socialising side of things, especially with halls. I haven't really looked into DSA but i got diagnosed with ASD in January 2020, hopefully my sixth form can help me out with that. Its a shame most unis are not open for physical tours at the moment as i think actually seeing the university would lessen my anxiety a lot.
No worries at all. I've heard Plymouth is a really good University too. You should be entitled to a DSA and there is more info available here: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa
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(Original post by ellieemae)
Thank you for replying! I live in London so my plan is to move to a quieter area of the UK, im thinking of applying to Plymouth. Im really worried about the socialising side of things, especially with halls. I haven't really looked into DSA but i got diagnosed with ASD in January 2020, hopefully my sixth form can help me out with that. Its a shame most unis are not open for physical tours at the moment as i think actually seeing the university would lessen my anxiety a lot.
Which subject are you hoping to read?
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Which subject are you hoping to read?
I am 80% sure i want to do Geography.
I was considering English Language or Journalism because i tend to get better grades in English, but i am more passionate about Geography so i think in the end i will choose that!
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No worries at all. I've heard Plymouth is a really good University too. You should be entitled to a DSA and there is more info available here: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa
Thank you so much i really appreciate it
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I am 80% sure i want to do Geography.
I was considering English Language or Journalism because i tend to get better grades in English, but i am more passionate about Geography so i think in the end i will choose that!
Would you not consider UCL?

https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/

https://ucl.autism-uni.org/category/...on-and-advice/
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I would but to be honest i am so desperate to move out of London!
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nobody in the education sector actually cares about neurodiverse students
This is a very worrying comment.
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nobody in the education sector actually cares about neurodiverse students
How did you come to that conclusion?
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What a RIDICULOUS comment.
They don’t care because it’s not in their payroll to care. You can continue to live in your bubble I suppose, your views don’t affect me in the slightest.
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(Original post by ellieemae)
How did you come to that conclusion?
Through experience
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They don’t care because it’s not in their payroll to care. You can continue to live in your bubble I suppose, your views don’t affect me in the slightest.
Are you a neuro-diverse student? Sorry to hear that but that's not everyone's experience, it's just your experience.
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Through experience
Sorry you had a poor experience, but this does not mean everyone will.
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I know this post is a few weeks old, but Swansea is really good. They have a specialist ASC team and a weekly, you could say “society” for people who access the ASC team. The team can help you to arrange any adjustments that you need for university as well as provide someone to talk to if you need it. This is before anything DSA provides you. From my understanding, Swansea is one of the few universities in the country with a separate ASC team. COVID depending there is usually ASC orientation sometime in August.
Swansea also offers the options of quiet, alcohol free, and single sex flats, so you can choose accommodation that may be more suited to you. With medical evidence support (such as a diagnosis letter) you can request further adjustments such as location, e.g, ground floor, not ground floor, away from front door, etc to make your accommodation more comfortable for you.
I’ve also heard Swansea are pretty good for geography too.
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