Our Autism at Uni program offers a range of initiatives designed to support our autistic students in their studies and help ease their transition into the higher education environment.

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 Autism at Uni, a collection of initiatives and supports designed to help our autistic students thrive at university.

We recognise that every autistic person is an individual, with different strengths and challenges. We encourage students to use different aspects of support, depending on their individual interests and needs.

Current students can learn more on student portal

How we can support you in your studies

Resources

We provide access to a range of resources on succeeding at university as an autistic student, including websites, apps and books. These resources provide tips and strategies to help you keep on top of your studies and thrive in the university environment.

Social activities

We host social activities so you can meet other students with similar interests. We can also connect you with the many clubs and societies available on your campus so you can meet and network with like-minded students and grow your skills.

Low-sensory rooms

Some of our campuses have a dedicated low-sensory room for autistic students with more coming soon. This quiet space has resources to help manage the challenges faced during university attendance including stim toys and weighted blankets.

Student mentors 

Our (Uni)Life-Hacker mentors are fellow students that have 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.

Advocacy and awareness

We are constantly raising awareness of autism and advocating for better ways to support our autistic students. This includes on campus events like Autism Awareness-Acceptance-Appreciation Week, staff training sessions, and our interactive EYE on Autism online panels with autistic people.

Guidance

We can help you navigate the university and the many systems and resources at your disposal, from Education Inclusion Plans to academic support services.

For more information, please contact us

autism@acu.edu.au

We respect each individual’s choice as to how they would prefer to describe themselves and/or be referred to by others.

While many may be more familiar with person-first language (i.e., person with autism) there is clear preference in the autistic community for the use of identity-first language (i.e., autistic person). Identity first language “reflects the belief that being autistic is a core part of a person’s identity. Similar examples of ‘identity first’ language can be found in the Blind and Deaf communities” (Autism Awareness Australia). Thus, this is the terminology used on these ACU webpages.

Autism at ACU

At ACU we seek to explore, understand and implement mechanisms within and beyond our university that build a more inclusive society where autistic people are supported to reduce barriers and recognise and celebrate strengths.

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