Autism Support Orientation 2020

Autism Support Orientation 2022

Are you an autistic student starting in September 2022? Welcome to Kent

Join us for Autism Orientation day visits to the Canterbury campus - a chance for students to come and see the environment before the start of term and get to know one another and the Student Support team, learn about services, and ask questions about support at Kent. 

We are running 2 visit day options (same programme for each, details to be confirmed) on Tuesday 6th September and Friday 9th September 2022. For an idea of the day's content, check out the draft itinerary below. There are a maximum of 20 places per day.

If you are planning to study a course based at the Medway campus and would like to arrange a visit, please email autismsupport@kent.ac.uk to set this up.

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I remember being taken aback by the respectful and knowledgeable approach the uni seems to take towards neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ people, to a degree I've never encountered before outside of online spaces.

Autism Orientation 2019 Student

Draft programme for Canterbury Autism Orientation Visit Days September 2021

See below an outline of the talks and activities planned for autism orientation days - a detailed programme with arrival instructions will be circulated to attendees nearer the time. For any queries, please email autismsupport@kent.ac.uk.

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10.30 am

Welcome to Kent and to Student Support

Meet outside Dolche vita cafe (detailed directions will be provided) for an introduction to student support staff and outline of the day.

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11 am

Library Talk

Find out how to use the library, get help from subject librarians, and study spaces available.

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11:30 am

Accommodation Talk

The front of the Keynes College Building

Everything you want to know about living with others, on and off campus.

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12 pm

Campus walk

view of central campus buildings

Brief walk to show around main locations on campus in small groups, finishing at the Plaza.

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12:30 - 1.30 pm

Lunch

Lunch will be provided, please let us know your dietary requirements when registering to attend online.

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1.30 pm

What's it like being an autistic student at Kent?

Talk by current students and autistic staff on their experiences, and more on peer support groups such as University of Kent Autistics.

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3 pm

Break

Time to relax, talk together or take a walk.

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3:15 pm

Support for your wellbeing

Information on various mental health and wellbeing support and activites available.

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3:30 pm

Q & A - optional

A chance to ask specialist Advisers from Student Support and Wellbeing anything else you'd like to know before term.

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4 pm

Event Close


Continued support throughout the year:

We will continue to be available beyond orientation days and welcome weeks at Kent. Have a look at our Autism Support page for more information on what's on throughout the year, such as one to one support and autism peer support or activity groups.

The main Student Support and Wellbeing page shows all the other services offered, such as for specific learning difficulties, mental health, physical disabilities and chronic conditions, and also an events calendar for details on how to join groups and workshops.

Visit Day Logistical Information

Have you booked your place on a September visit day? We'll keep adding more information for to plan your Autism Orientation Visit Day throughout June and July as we confirm the details of the day. You can already browse how to get to the campus and staff profiles.

Contact Us

For contact information for all Student Support and Wellbeing Services, including support for mental health, specific learning difficulties and chronic conditions, please visit our Contact Us page.