At ACU we understand that university studies can be challenging. You’re asked to manage your enrolment, orientation, lectures, tutorials, assignments, exams and navigate your campus, as well as make new friends. We also know that for students on the autism spectrum these challenges can become barriers to accessing higher education.

That’s why we’ve collaborated with autistic students and staff from ACU and other universities to develop initiatives that support all our autistic students, and help ease their transition into the higher education environment.

  • (Uni)Life-Hacker mentor program
    A (Uni)Life-Hacker mentor is a student mentor who has been studying at ACU for a while and can assist you with understanding assignments, interacting with teaching staff, finding your way around campus, or whatever you need to get the most out of your university experience.
  • Social activities
    We host regular social activities, including board game nights on campus, so you can meet other students with similar interests.
  • Helpful resources
    We provide access to a number of resources on succeeding at university as a student on the spectrum. They include websites, apps, a place to ask questions, campus maps, study skills resources and books.
  • Coming soon
    The Autism at ACU program is an evolving space with lots of exciting initiatives coming in the future, including sensory maps of our campuses and dedicated low sensory rooms. We look forward to continuing to work with our autistic students and staff to strengthen and expand our support services.

We recognise that there are lots of debates about language and approaches, and that every person with autism is an individual, with different strengths and challenges. We encourage students to use the language they feel comfortable with, and to use (or not use) different aspects of support, depending on their individual interests and needs.

If you would like more information about the Autism at ACU initiatives, please contact our friendly team

autism@acu.edu.au

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