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Cardiff Met hosts Transition Event for Autistic Students



​Michou Burckett St Laurent (Disability Advisor, Cardiff Met) and Neil Davies (Accessible Curriculum Advisor for Disability Services, Cardiff Met).​

Cardiff Metropolitan University has held an event to help students on the autistic spectrum prepare for university life.

The transition event, which was the first of its kind, was organised and delivered by the Disability Service team at Cardiff Met.

During the two day event students got to explore both the Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses, and were provided with information on the facilities and support that is available to them.

Cardiff Met ensured that as many aspects of student life were covered as possible during the event and held sessions on time management and how to prepare for a lecture. A seminar on the social and cultural aspects of student life was given by Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru. The students also attended a Psychology lecturegiven by Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Annette Daly,

Neil Davies, Accessible Curriculum Advisor for Disability Services at Cardiff Met, said: "The aim of the event was to reduce any stress and anxiety new students may experience at the thought of starting higher education by exposing them to as many facets of university life as possible. By running events such as this, it will support the university's aim of improving student retention while hopefully signalling to prospective students that we have the experience to support them if they decide to study with us.

"The transition event was well received by the students. We also involved parents at the welcome and asked them to attend the first session where we introduced members of the Disability Service team and explained how we support students. The feedback we received from parents was very positive as it helped to put their minds at ease as this can also be a very stressful time for them. We hope that this is the first of many such events and I would like to thank everyone who was involved for making it the success that it was."

One student who attended the event and will be starting the Fine Arts degree, said: "The event was very beneficial for me. I found the bulk of what I was told about university life quite new to me but they covered a lot of areas and it was fascinating to see what will happen when I become a university student.

"Staying for a night in one of the campus halls was a fabulous experience for me and a great example of what life in university will be like for me. It's also good to know what support is available for me when I join and the services I can access to help me become an independent student."

Cardiff Met provides a range of services to support its disabled students, including study skills support, and special arrangements for students sitting exams. Support is co-ordinated by the Disability Service and is funded via the Disabled Students' Allowance.   The Disability Service also works closely with all departments to promote disability awareness and ensure teaching is accessible.

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