New to DMU – a recent three day residential for students with Autism and Aspergers
Transition into HE can be difficult for anyone, but for students on the Autistic Spectrum (AS) the challenges can be much greater, especially if an individual has decided to move away from home at the same time.
The way AS impacts on an individual’s life varies, but anxiety about change, the confidence about living independently and focus on studies as well as a fear of social isolation are a few potential challenges. To ease this difficult transition, DMU recently held a three day residential course for students expected to commence their HE studies at the end of September 2015, going some way to alleviating fears that students and their parents and carers might have about coming to University.
This residential event allowed students with AS to be supported in experiences such as grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning as well as getting involved in social activities including a trip to the National Space Centre and an introduction to the De Montfort Student Union.
We had a lot of fun and feedback has been extremely positive supporting our views about its success.
Student’s enjoyed “Socialising with autism communities and making new friends” and parents feedback was extremely positive; “My daughter attended the New to DMU event last week. A massive thank you for all your efforts which made this event a fantastic success. She had a great time and it has certainly allayed some of the nerves that she felt on the run up to starting Uni. Thanks again – what a great team of people you are!”
The impact of this experience has made starting De Montfort University at the end of September much less daunting, enabling students to focus on what they are here for, study and fun.
Do you have a disability, (physical or sensory), long term medical condition (e.g. diabetes, CFS, Crone’s disease), Specific Learning Difference (e.g. dyslexia, ADHD), mental health condition or Autistic Spectrum Condition (e.g. Asperger’s Syndrome)? To find out more about support available whilst studying for your degree, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Leanne Herbert, REACH Disability Officer