Asperger syndrome and autism

We're used to working with students affected by autism and Asperger syndrome. Whatever subject you're studying you can access general support and help specific to your condition.

There's a great range of support available for you, and we can help to ensure you are able to access all the relevant and appropriate sources of assistance.

What are Asperger syndrome and autism?

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum condition which affects around 1% of the population. It belongs to a group of conditions varying from very mild to significant. You may fall somewhere on the spectrum between functioning as well as others around you and finding it difficult to take part in society.

How might your university life be affected?

No two people are affected by Asperger syndrome in the same way, but it’s likely that you may experience some difficulty with social interaction and communication, and may develop repetitive behaviour and resistance to change.

What condition-specific support is available?

In addition to general equipment and support services available to all University of Leeds disabled students, you can also get condition-specific help if you apply for additional funding to include:

  • Weekly study strategy support sessions with an independent specialist in Asperger syndrome.
  • Personalised specialist mentoring to help you stay on track with academic work, organise your studies and help you settle into life at the University.
  • The opportunity to attend relevant workshops.
  • Allowance for travel costs if you don’t live on campus and are unable to travel on public transport.

How can you get all the help you need?

To get all the help you need, you can:

Medical evidence

To access some of the services you will need to provide medical evidence of your diagnosis.