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In this section you will find information about our adult support services, including residential care, befriending, supported living and community outreach.
Our Aspire department offers support to students who, like you, are on the autistic spectrum. We can offer Specialist Mentoring or Study Assistant support to help you manage and succeed in your studies.
Our mentors are fully and highly experienced in supporting people with autism and are experienced in the University system.
What is Specialist Mentoring support?
Our Specialist Mentors will meet you on a regular basis to assist with a wide range of areas. Some typical areas of support are:
- Getting settled into University life
- Accessing University resources and social opportunities
- Time management and organisational / prioritising skills
- Planning and starting assignments
- Developing communication and group work skills
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Preparing for exam revision
- Maintaining motivation
Everyone is different and your needs may change as you progress through your course. We will regularly discuss with you what support you might benefit from and adapt your sessions to suit.
Specialist Mentoring support is very focused time, dedicated to discussing your needs, setting actions and reviewing goals. This type of support is usually on a one to one basis with your advisor and typically takes between 1-2 hours for each session.
Our Specialist Mentors have all undertaken degree level qualifications and are familiar with University processes. They are also highly trained and experienced autism specialists.
What is Study Assistant support?
Our study buddy support offers more practical assistance for managing your studies. A study buddy can assist you with day to day activities such as:
- Attending lectures and workshops
- Understanding what is required of you during study time
- Managing stress and anxiety levels during classes
- Organising and prioritising workload
- Liaising with tutors
- Communicating with other students for group tasks
Study Assistant support takes place while you attend some, or all of your classes, depending on your need. We are a small team and we will always try to ensure consistency with who delivers your Study Assistant support. You would not have a different Study Assistant every time, but would have between 1 and 3 Study Assistants who would spend time getting to know you.
Our Study Assistants all have University experience or have undertaken degree level qualifications and so are familiar with University processes. They are also highly trained and experienced Autism specialists.
Where does the support take place?
Support sessions for Specialist Mentoring usually take place on campus.
Your advisor can discuss with you where you like to meet and arrange a private meeting space.
We can also conduct sessions at our office located in Central Birmingham, as some people prefer support to be delivered off campus. Our office in Birmingham includes an autism resource library, sensory space, computer suite and a number of private meeting rooms for use.
Study Assistant support will always take place on campus as this is to enable you to attend classes.
Is this support suitable for me?
This student support is for anyone who:
- Has a diagnosis of any Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Is undertaking Higher Education
- Is studying in Birmingham or a surrounding area
- Can travel to our office in central Birmingham
- Is eligible or in receipt of Disabled Student Allowance
How much does the support cost?
- Study Assistant support is £30 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours
- Specialist Mentoring support is £60 per hour with a minimum of
1 hour per session.
We do not charge additional costs for travel, however, we can currently only support students attending universities in Birmingham or the surrounding areas.
If you are based in the outer areas of the West Midlands and would like support, please contact us to discuss.
The cost of your support is covered by your Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) under the Non-Medical Helper allowance. You will need to have applied for DSA and undertaken an assessment during which they will determine your support needs and allocate funding. DSA can also cover the cost of specialist equipment where needed.
For further information on Disabled Student Allowance, and how to apply, please visit www.gov.uk
Autism West Midlands - Student Support Rates
Period covered - 01/04/2016 through to 31/03/2017
Click here for NMH Support Rates per hour.