ADCET Webinar: World Autism Acceptance Day - student panel
During this webinar we heard from university students on the autism spectrum, where they answered a number of key questions, including:
- What are some of the challenges students face in their studies?
- What helps a student succeed in their studies?
- What support or assistance does the student's university provide?
- What advice would a student give to others on the autism spectrum who are considering studying at university?
I am a domestic student (26) currently studying a Bachelor of Biotechnology at the University of Newcastle. Having only quite recently become aware of my neurodivergence, I have found empowerment through a better understanding of who I am and how best to support myself and achieve my goals on my path of self-discovery. As such, I am excited to have a platform as my own advocate. I believe a large component of self-advocacy is seeking help. I am excited to give insight to those who wish to facilitate my success and more broadly, a culture of awareness, acceptance, and in my perspective, most importantly, active promotion of advocacy.
I am a 32 year old professional mentor with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum disorder. I specialise in sensory-social needs for Autistic students and employees and I am the owner of Spectrumite. I have a professional background in community services, mental health and dual diagnosis and I am currently enrolled in a training and assessment course at TAFE NSW.
I am currently a psychology PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. This is my third year as a student mentor in the specialist peer mentoring program.
I'm 31, attending University of Tasmania part time to complete a Bachelor of Psychological Science, and this is my second semester with Holly as my mentor. I was diagnosed with autism when I was 13, and have chosen this area of study to learn more about it.