University extra support

Hi.  Firstly looking for advice on how to get a diagnosis- my son is 22 had a statement throughout school/college for ‘global development delays’ full traits of autism, never diagnosed with autism.. Now he feels he needs that diagnosis- where do I start?

Also wondering for those with young adults  in higher education/university. My son has just started a music degree in London we live in the north east of England, so it’s a nightmare, for me. As I am a single MAM with an adopted little 1 (I was previously a foster carer) with FASD.. his sister’s have been taking turns going up and down along with me, it’s so expensive..I am struggling to find funding for him.  He gets Maintenance and tuition fees.  His PIP has just been stopped (agsin- it ll be another tribunal) we have applied for DSA.. is there anything else? Iv been intouch with student mental health/finance team.. but not getting anywhere fast.

thsnks. K 

  • Hi NAS63996,

    There's lots of information on our website about the diagnosis process, and this may be a good place to start: .

    If you have further questions, you may like to contact our Autism Helpline team. They can provide you with information and advice about getting a diagnosis. You can call them on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm).Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor.

    There's information here specifically about starting university or college including links to further sources of information including funding:  Towards the bottom of this page there is also a link to our Transition Support Service which is a free service  for young autistic people aged 14 years plus and their parents or carers looking for information and advice on the transition to adulthood. You can find information about this service here:

    I hope that help.



  • can you please remove NAS63733 from the forum? They keep posting spam links on the site and I'm really concerned that someone is going to get hacked or scammed.

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