We offer support to students on the autism spectrum who are in higher education in London.
Our student support service is tailored to your individual needs but commonly covers time management, organisational skills, personal management, communication skills, social skills and dealing with the transition to university life.
We provide two types of support for students:
Specialist Mentor support:
- time management and planning
- prioritising and structuring workload
- managing change
- development of communication
- social and interaction skills
- managing anxiety and sensory needs
- understanding expectations of the course.
Study Assistant support:
- lectures and seminars
- library support
- lab sessions
- group work
- around campus
- during exams
- during 'welcome week'.
I was about to give up my course, but the support that the NAS gave me enabled me to continue my studies.
PhD student, University of London
Our student support service aims to:
- make sure that staff working with you have an awareness of ASD
- identify realistic adaptations that can be put in place to support you
- identify areas where you may have social and communication difficulties and discuss ways of addressing these
- define the different areas of responsibility that staff have, so that you know who to approach about different issues
- identify a mentor who we can give awareness training to
- increase your ability to cope independently at college or university.
The support is run on an appointment basis: our specialist mentors can meet you at your college or university, or you can visit our offices, if this is practical.
How to pay for this support
Our student support service is funded by Disability Student Allowance (DSA). This must be in place before we can offer our service, unless funding is available from other sources. Specialist mentoring costs £49 + £9.80 VAT per hour, and Study Assistant support £25 + £5 VAT per hour.
As we are funded through DSA, our main aims are to make sure everyone involved with you has an understanding of ASD, and that you're clear about the work you must do in order to complete your course.
As all students' needs are different we suggest that you, or a representative, contact us to talk about what support is available and if our service can meet your needs.
How to access our support
Our student support service is usually funded by Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), although other funding streams may also be accepted. Funding must be in place before we can offer our service, so contact the disability adviser at your place of study for help with applications for funding.