Autism Support

​We understand that your journey through university may have unique challenges, and we are here to provide the support and resources you need to thrive.

By embracing neurodiversity and fostering an inclusive environment, we aim to empower every student to reach their full potential. 

Our team

Navigating university life can be challenging, especially for individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). This is why we have a range of dedicated support services to ensure that students with ASC feel comfortable, empowered, and have equal opportunities to succeed.

Our team of Autism Aware Advisers is here to provide personalised support to students with ASC.

Advisers have a deep understanding of ASC and its unique challenges, and they are trained to offer guidance and assistance throughout your university journey. They will be a main point of contact for you and will work closely with you to address any concerns or difficulties you may face and help you make a successful transition to university life.

How to access support

The first step is to contact us as soon as you can so that we can have an initial discussion with you about your support needs.

Support and reasonable adjustments can then be agreed once diagnostic evidence of your disability has been provided to our team.

You can declare a disability on your UCAS application and on enrolment.  Disclosing your disability early allows you and the university to plan for any necessary adjustments. This helps to ensure a smoother transition into university life, minimizing any potential challenges and enabling you to fully engage with your studies from the start.

Once you are enrolled, we encourage you to book an appointment with us so we can verify your arrangements and share this arrangement with yourself and your course team.

If you have shared information on your UCAS form, our team will get in touch with you before you start your course.

If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your requirements, you can contact us at

Our services

Academic and Emotional support is crucial for every student's success, and we are committed to ensuring that students with ASC have the resources they need.

Our support services include:

  • assistance in accessing academic support, such as academic skills workshops
  • assistance in supporting you to communicate with your academics
  • access to quiet working spaces
  • assistive software that can enhance your learning experience and help you overcome any barriers you may encounter
  • Wellbeing Workshops - educational sessions on mental health and wellbeing related issues to help develop self-care strategies.

We also offer online tools and resources to help you develop positive coping strategies and manage the challenges associated with autism.

We encourage open dialogue, and our support services are designed to create a safe space where you can freely discuss your experiences and concerns.

Formal diagnosis

For those students considering a formal diagnosis for autism, our advisers can offer information about diagnostic services, referral processes, and support available both within the university and in the local community.

Your Individual Support Plan (ISP)

To ensure that your specific needs are met, Advisers will collaborate with you to develop an Individual Support Plan (ISP).

This plan outlines reasonable adjustments and accommodations that can be made to support your academic and personal development. By working together, we can tailor our support to your unique strengths and challenges, ensuring that you have the best possible experience at Cardiff Met.

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

We offer guidance and assistance in accessing specialist 1:1 support through the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) scheme.

The DSA provides funding for equipment, software, and personal support workers, if appropriate, to help you overcome any specific challenges related to your autism.

Our advisers will help you navigate the application process and ensure that you receive the necessary support to excel academically. 

Social connections

In addition to academic attainment, we recognise the importance of social connection, we offer opportunities for students with ASC to be part of a supportive social group.

This group provides a space where you can meet other students who share similar experiences, build friendships, and share support.

We believe that a sense of belonging is vital for every student, and we encourage an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere where you can feel comfortable discussing your autism openly.

Every student deserves to feel included, supported, and comfortable discussing their autism. Our university fosters an environment where neurodiversity is celebrated, and we actively promote awareness and understanding of ASC among staff and students. 

Contact us

If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your requirements, you can contact us at