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Disability and Dyslexia Service

Autism

What support is available to students who are on the Autistic Spectrum?

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has dedicated Disability Advisers (Mental Health and Autism) who are the first point of contact for students who have an autism diagnosis or who think they might be on the spectrum.

If you would like to discuss support for Autistic Spectrum Conditions and the impact of this on your studies, please contact DDS to make an appointment to meet with the Disability Adviser (Mental Health and Autism).

The Autism adviser can help with:

  • Problems you are experiencing as a result of being autistic
  • Making reasonable adjustments to ensure that you are not at a disadvantage because processing differences compared to neurotypical students
  • Talking to tutors/other staff on your behalf
  • Applying for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
  • Finding/changing a mentor or other non-medical helper
  • What to do if you think you have dyslexia or dyspraxia, or a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety
  • What to do if you have academic problems
  • Advice on extenuating circumstances and 'fit to sit'
  • What to do if you have accommodation problems
  • Social aspects of university
  • Anything else you're not sure about

The National Autistic Society provide more information regarding Starting College or University and the transition between different stages of life.

I think I might be on the autistic spectrum

We can complete a brief screening assessment with you if you think that you might be on the autistic spectrum.  This consists meeting with the Disability Adviser (Mental Health and Autism) and completing a short questionnaire.

If the screening indicates that you might be on the autistic spectrum, we can advise you on how access a full diagnostic assessment externally and, in some cases, can make a referral directly to your local NHS service.  Please note that we cannot diagnose autism within DDS.

Social Opportunities

Social Circle is a module on QMPlus intended for students on the autistic spectrum.  Any Queen Mary student can access the general information within the Social Circle module, using their QMPlus login, where they will find information about settling into university, useful contact details and announcements on things like internship opportunities from the careers service.  Students can also choose to opt-in to the discussion threads to post comments and questions to other students in the module who have also opted in.

A group of students runs a weekly online social group, which welcomes new members.  Please ask your adviser for information if you would like to find out more.

Drop-in Sessions

We offer a ‘drop-in’ session for quick or urgent queries, where you do not need to book an appointment in advance.  These take place on Thursdays between 2 – 4pm.  Please come to room 3.06 Francis Bancroft for a slot, on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: At times, this may need to be adapted to an online same-day 20 minute online appointment (on MS Teams), depending on government advice relating to the covid-19 pandemic, to minimise the number of people in our office. To reserve an online slot, please email DDS or call 0207 882 2756 on a Thursday morning to put your name on the list.  Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. 

For longer or less urgent queries, you can book a regular appointment.

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