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Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

Autism East Midlands offer students across the East Midlands and Yorkshire the opportunity to access a mentor who can help with life at University. To be able to access this the student will need to be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance which they can apply for during their Student Finance Application. Once accepted for DSA the student can then pick Autism East Midlands to provide their support in the form of a mentor.

The Autism East Midlands mentor will work alongside the Non-Medical Assistance scheme, as a Non-Medical Helper (NMH), providing specialist mentoring support to students diagnosed on the spectrum. These students would have been allocated a mentoring recommendation through their Study Needs Assessment.

Please get in touch via dsa@autismeastmidlands.org.uk for more information. 

How to access our support

Our student support service is usually funded by Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), although other funding streams may also be accepted. Funding must be in place before we can offer our service, please contact the disability adviser at your place of study for help with applications for funding.

You can download our NMH Rates here:

NMH DSA Support Rates

For more information on how to claim DSA Support please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa

A mentor’s responsibilities include:

    • Supporting the student to access the social environment at University
    • Befriend, assist and monitor the students transition through university life.

    • Supporting the student to understand demands placed upon them with respect to coursework, deadlines, processes and procedures
    • Supporting the student to understand social contexts and appropriate behaviour
    • Assisting the student to make sense of ambiguous and confusing situations
    • Supporting and encouraging the student to reflect on self practice, achievements and progress
    • Supporting the student with problem solving, identifying and referring to other key services within, and external, to the University
    • Helping the student to identify issues causing concern and propose ideas for self-monitoring and/or resolution techniques
    • Supporting the student to develop strategies that enable participation in student life
    • Maintaining and respecting confidentiality at all times

Areas Autism East Midlands offer support:

Please note we are not limited to the below areas.

Bishop Grosseteste University

De Montfort University

Loughborough University

Nottingham Trent University

Open University

Sheffield Hallam University

Staffordshire University

University of Derby

University of Leeds

University of Lincoln

University of Northampton

University of Nottingham

University of Sheffield


Take a look at just some of the subjects that raise anxieties for students moving to University, these are downloadable help sheets:

Applying for University
Eating Healthy & Wellbeing
Managing Expectations
Study Skills
The Social Side
Transitioning into University