Autism spectrum conditions
Page written and resources collated by Cath Peppit, Inclusive Support Team
Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. Individuals are affected differently by autism and each person's experience of autism is unique.
Please note that whilst we hope that all of the resources below are useful, the Student Wellbeing Service does not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.
If you think you might be autistic and are seeking a professional opinion or diagnosis, you need to speak to your GP. The Autistic Society is a national organisation which offers support and guidance about Autism, and for people affected by autism. They have some useful advice about autism and diagnosis on their website
Autistic and need help at Sheffield Hallam Uni?
- Make sure you register with Disabled Student support as early as possible to make sure you access the support you need. You can register before enrolment. If you are a UK student you are likely to be able to apply for Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs)
- For a range of issues you can speak to your Student Support Advisor (SSA) or go to a Hallam Help Point and they will either be able to help or will refer you for further support.
Local social groups for autistic people
|The Social||An informal social event for autistic students at SHU. There is a different activity organised each time, although there is no pressure to join the activity if you don't want to. There are various board games and games consoles available to use.|| When: Fortnightly on a Tuesday or Wednesday 1-2.30pm - term time only
Where: The common room space in the Student's Union.
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|The Monday Club||A social event for autistic people aged 18+. There is always an activity planned and refreshments are available.||When: Mondays once a month 6-8.30pm.|
Where: At Sheffield Hallam Students' Union
For details: Autism socials at the Students Union
|The A Team social group||A group of autistic adults who meet in the Sheffield area. Regular social groups including walking, snooker and yoga. They also arrange social events.||Sheffield Autistic Society Website|
Local organisations that provide support and advice to autistic people
|The Sheffield Autistic Society||Practical help to autistic and asperger people in Sheffield, and to their families and carers, through relevant and accessible information. Links to info about diagnosis and support services as well as social groups.|| Autism Plus
||A charity that supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions across Yorkshire and Humber.