Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum

Further education

Going into further education, particularly university, can be difficult for people on the autism spectrum for several reasons. The different setting, having to meet new people, live independently and organise workloads can all create problems and it is important to have appropriate support. We also spoke to adults on the autism spectrum who had experience of further education.


Colleges of Further Education
Some parents talked about their children’s experiences of FE college. The children were settled in the colleges and parents' main concern was what would happen after their courses finished (seePositive changes over time’).

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Some younger children were bright enough to go to university but their parents worried about their ability to live independently and look after themselves (see ‘Self help skills’). One mother was trying to arrange the appropriate support for her daughter to start at university but this was proving difficult. Her daughter had to defer for a year because the support was not put in place in time and her mother was frustrated by the lack of understanding of the kind of support her daughter needed. She commented; “I can see why few autistic people get in”.

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Last reviewed July 2017.

Last updated November 2010.


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