Autism support

Leanne Herbert is DMU’s Disability Officer. She supports autistic students, working closely with all support teams and agencies to ensure appropriate support is available for your studies at DMU.

Contact Leanne by email at

Support available to autistic students

New DMU students

The Disability Team is hosting a four day residential course at DMU for autistic students expected to commence their HE studies at the end of September this year, going some way to alleviating fears that you and your parents and carers might have about you coming to University. 

The residential event invites up to 35 students get involved in daily activities with 3 nights stay at Newarke Point halls of residence.  Activities include grocery shopping and cooking an evening meal, an introduction to the library as well as free time in the city centre and involvement in social activities.  

We host this event every year. Each year is a lot of fun and feedback has been extremely positive supporting our views about its success: 

“New To DMU ... was far more than just getting to know DMU, I had never stayed away from home as well as never talked to another autistic on the spectrum. The three days was a truly memorable experience, and I could not stop saying how grateful I felt just to be there…..I was walking away with a good few friends and a good few memories”. 

“The experience was a true pleasure and I could not thank DMU enough for the opportunity. The staff was truly lovely meeting Leanne and the staff from the disability team in personal before the big step up to university helped a lot so know I know when I am in need i know who to go to and I know they will help when they can... I am looking forward to studying in DMU and this event has kicked off my first year to a phenomenal start.”  

Current DMU students

Please enjoy these video case studies featuring current autistic students at DMU discussing their experiences of Higher Education.

Each uplifting video addresses a different aspect of life at University:

  • Gary’s video is an encouraging account of self-discovery and self-confidence as well as the benefits about being open about having Asperger’s.
  • Jenny gives insight into living away from home, becoming independent and effective study strategies for success as a student.
  • Kelly talks about friendships, involvement in activities alongside academic study and study strategies for keeping on track with academic deadlines!
  • An honest account of Kieran’s experiences in relation to starting University, plus some helpful advice for coping with Fresher’s Week!
  • As a Masters student, Steven tells of his academic journey into post-graduate study, the value of mentor support and being open about having Asperger’s.

Student Planner

Developed with students with Autism and Asperger’s, their parents and carers, we believe that The Student Planner contains most of the information you should need for planning for academic success. Click here to download:

DMU ASD Student Planner

A5 Copies of the Planner are available from your Autism Officer, Leanne Herbert. 
To request yours, please email

Brain in Hand

What is it?

Starting University can mean big changes and new experiences.  De Montfort University can provide eligible students with a free licence for Brain in Hand, an assistive technology designed to help individuals with autism, mental health difficulties, SpLD’s and acquired brain injuries (not exhaustive) to achieve more.

As a DMU student, you will have the opportunity to set up your Brain in Hand with the support of your Disability Advice and Support Team or member of a mentor.

What will I need to operate the assistive technology?

Students will need a smart phone or tablet device. Please contact us at if you do not own one of these devices. 

Benefits of Brain in Hand

Brain in Hand can help students who sometimes find it difficult to make decisions, respond to everyday problems, and self-manage their anxiety.  It is also an excellent tool to improve independence, reducing anxiety, and building strategies and solutions for managing change.

Students using Brain in Hand see inspiring results.  It can help improve:

  • Time management, organisation and routine
  • Attendance and participation
  • Concentration and focus
  • Task planning and goal setting
  • Strategies for self-managing change
  • Confidence and independence
  • Reducing anxiety and coping with stress.

For more information, please visit DMU’s pages at: 

Autism Alliance Charter

DMU is a signatory to the Autism Charter.

An on-going training programme is being delivered by Autism East Midlands at De Montfort University with the official signing aligning De Montfort University as compliant with the Autism Awareness Charter.

To request bespoke training for your DMU department, please email

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