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Autism support

DMU has a team of specialist autism mentors and study skills tutors who can support you using your Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) funding and help you get the most out of it.

Support available to autistic students

  • Disabled Students Allowances (DSA)
  • An Assistive Technology app called Brain in Hand
  • Teaching and Learning Support
  • Social activities, including a weekly lunch club (see below)
  • Individual Examination Arrangements
  • Library Support
  • Individual and Group Mentoring 

The Autism Virtual Lunch Club takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 – 1:30pm on Blackboard Collaborate through the Neurodiverse Blackboard shell.


There is a fortnightly virtual quiz run on Tuesday at 7:00 – 8:00pm using Microsoft Teams and Kahoot.

Autism Support Quick Query appointments are available on My Gateway, taking place on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

New DMU Students

The Disability Team hosts a four-day residential event called New to DMU for autistic students in early September each year. The residential event invites up to 20 students to get involved in daily activities and stay in Newarke Point for 3 nights.  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.

Each year is a lot of fun and feedback has been extremely positive: 

“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.”

“The experience was a true pleasure and I could not thank DMU enough for the opportunity. 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 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.

Brain in Hand

Eligible students can be provided with a free licence for Brain in Hand, an assistive technology App designed to help individuals to achieve more and provide personalised support. A Specialist Autism Mentor or a member of the DAS Team provides assistance with the set up.

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, reduce anxiety, and build 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 the Brain in Hand website.

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. 

Contact details

For more information around autism support at DMU please contact us by email at