Harriet Axbey

University: The Autistic Guide: Everything You Need to Survive and Thrive

This helpful and informative handbook is a trusty guide to starting university for autistic young people, providing support and useful tips for what will be the biggest transition students will have ever experienced.



Starting university is a daunting experience for any student, especially if this includes moving away from home for the first time. This helpful, informative and friendly handbook is a guide to starting university for autistic young people, covering the entire process from applying, packing and financial admin to mental health support, dealing with burnout, finding your people and experiencing new opportunities. Organised in a user-friendly manner with clear signposting, definitions, useful templates and handy tips and tricks, University: The Autistic Guide will be a trusty handbook for young autistic people about to embark on their new academic adventure, as well as providing support and helpful tips for their families, educators and supporters.


Autistic young people and students, parents with autistic children and young people; teachers and SEND educators; higher education educators and support workers; mental health professionals; students of these professions.


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

ISBN: 9781803882543

Publication Date: May 2024

Page count: 156


University timeline



1: Deciding what and where to study
2: Getting ready – Student finance, applying for DSA, transition from school to Uni
3: Arriving – What to pack, registering at GP, Freshers’ week, first lecture
4: Looking after yourself – Physical and mental health, where to get support, money
5: Staying safe – Consent, sex and sexual violence, alcohol and drugs, spiking
6: Finding your people – Coming out, going ‘out out’, students’ union, societies and sports
7: Staying on track academically – Strategies, deadlines, group projects, exams, dealing with uncertainty
8: What next after your degree?
9: Advice for parents and carers
10: Advice for educators


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Harriet Axbey is an author and researcher living in the North East of England. After training as a teacher, she completed her Master’s degree and PhD in Education. Her research focuses on neurodiverse interactions, and Autistic experiences of gynaecological and reproductive healthcare. Harriet is Autistic, and has written a children’s book called My Brother Tom Has Superpowers, based on her own experiences of growing up Autistic. She volunteers with Scouting and Guiding, and will camp in (almost!) any weather. In her spare time, she enjoys water sports, baking, and watching the birds and horses in the field behind her garden.


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