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Autism spectrum conditions

Advice and support is available to students who have autistic spectrum conditions. We encourage you to make contact with us so we can help identify services appropriate to your individual needs.

Prospective students are welcome to contact us, and in addition to the information below, may find the information on our prospective students pages useful. 

Transition event for students with autism spectrum conditions

The transition event is open to all new starters with a diagnosis of ASC and provides an opportunity to find out more about UCL support services, tour the campus and learn more about university life.

Date: Monday 16th September 2019

Time: 10:30am until 3.30pm

Location: Room 433 at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (16 Taviton Street)

All new starters with a diagnosis of ASC will be sent an invitation and further details nearer to the time.


Support 

A wide range of support is available to students through the disability service including:

  • Support from an ASC Adviser who will provide advice and guidance for both you and your department about the potential impact of your condition on your studies and how this can be accommodated
  • Daily drop-in sessions to meet with a Disability Adviser 
  • Access to the Digital Accessibility Hub which has assistive software such as mind mapping software
  • Support applying for exam arrangements – such as extra time, use of a PC, exams sat in a smaller venue 
  • Assistance with requesting copies of handouts or lecture slides in advance of teaching sessions
  • Regular specialist mentoring support. UK students will need to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance in order to access this. Please see the financial support pages for further details.
  • UCL autism & uni toolkit- this is a useful resource for navigating your time at UCL and includes information and advice, details about UCL services, student stories and professional interviews. To access the toolkit please follow the link here: http://www.autism-uni.org/ucl/

Funding 

International Students

The information here is not applicable to EU and International Students. Please see the Funding for International Students page for further information.

UK Students

To access a range of additional services, UK students will need to apply for additional funding through Disabled Students’ Allowance. Depending on your needs, these services could include:

  • A full assessment of your academic support needs carried out at an accredited assessment centre
  • Computer equipment and specialised software for you to own 
  • Access to regular mentoring support

Please see the Disabled Students’ Allowance page for further information.

Student Funding Welfare Team

Students can contact the Student Funding Welfare Team for advice and guidance on the other forms of financial support available to disabled students:


New Starter Guide for Students on the autistic spectrum 

Starting university is exciting but it can also be overwhelming. This pdf guide aims to provide you with practical information and outline sources of support that are available to you.

Planner 

The student planner was designed by a former UCL student with ASD in collaboration with one of our mentors. Students on the spectrum may find it useful to plan how to manage learning and other aspects of university life. 

The first link below contains the complete template and guidance notes to help you use the planner effectively. The second and third links contain blank templates for your ongoing use. 


Other services at UCL 

  • Library Services - Information on accessing UCL's libraries and materials, including specialist services for students with a disability.
  • Autistic Peer Group - The autistic peer group is run by a student every Tuesday from 5-6pm in Room G02, 55-59 Gordon Square, WC1H 0NU.
  • Therapeutic support and counselling - Therapeutic support and counselling is available for UCL students facing emotional and psychological problems.
  • Ridgmount Practice - All students are advised to register with a local GP. Staff at the Ridgmount Practice are used to providing services for students and familiar with UCL systems and procedures.
  • UCL Careers Service - Information on careers, internships, volunteering and current vacancies for UCL students.
  • Students' Union UCL - Students' Union UCL is the representative body for all University College London students. Related sections include the Volunteering Services Unit and the Disabled Students' Network

External services