Things for you to consider if you are future student with a disability, medical or mental health issue:
- Information you disclose about your disability, medical or mental health issue cannot be used to deny you a place at La Trobe University.
- Discuss your support requirements with a Disability Advisor from Equity & Diversity before you apply.
- Check out our Special Entry Access Schemes for special entry programs.
Visit our Future Students website for information on studying at La Trobe.
Transitioning to university if you are on the Autism Spectrum
The move to study at university is challenging for many students. Getting ready early, having the right information and being prepared will make the transition less stressful and improve your chances of success.
We have a transition program for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students. You will have an initial meeting with a Disability Advisor to ascertain your needs. A Learning Access Plan will be developed and if needed a support worker will be available to assist with orientation and transitioning to University study.
If your are planning to live on campus it is important to have your needs established from the beginning to ensure a smooth landing. Support is available to assist you with that.
You should register early with Equity and Diversity to ensure you get the most value from the program and the best start to University life.
Here is valuable information to help you prepare:
Study successfully with a disability, medical or mental health issue
If you have a disability, medical or mental health issue there are things you can do to improve your chance of success.
- Select the right subjects and the number of subjects that is manageable for you.
- Attend all classes and if they are online make sure you catch up with every lecture - but keep up to date as the weeks progress. Ensure you learn early how to use University systems such as LMS, University email, Allocate+, Turnitin and get help if you are struggling.
- Be organised. It is one of the most important factors in being successful at university. Create a schedule for each semester with all your assignment due dates, test dates, or project deadlines. Look at this every day. Keep organised filing systems for each subject or assessment. Check out these tips on how to enhance your studying environment.
- Be aware of your limitations. If you know it will take you longer to complete assignments you may have to start working on them earlier. Set aside time a convenient time for working on assessments and studying. Put this time in your schedule. If you can't do marathon study sessions ensure you pace out your study schedule so you can study effectively.
- Get help early. If you come across a concept or have an assessment that you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask for clarification. You can email your lecturer and set up an appointment time. You can also ask for help from the approachable and friendly Peer Learning Advisors. The Student Learning and Starting Out at Uni websites also have lots of helpful resources.
- Use your support networks. Think about how you can get support from friends, fellow students, family or support services at the University. Be proactive in using these supports. If you need to use La Trobe support services, get in early when the problem is small. And definitely seek help if your problems have escalated.
- Keep in contact with your Disability Advisor if things are not going well. They can help you prioritise your work, seek extensions or provide additional support and suggest other helpful strategies. Be familiar with your Learning Access Plan and ensure you fulfil the responsibilities you have to get this implemented. Make sure you check your emails regularly and respond promptly.
- Polish your time management skills. Managing your time is a key factor in student success. Learn how to balance study, work, family and social life and set realistic goals for yourself.
- Deal with procrastination. Procrastination is a pitfall to achieving your goals. If you plan on doing an activity, stick to your schedule. Procrastinating causes stress and leads to late assessments and more stress. Set your goals, prioritise them and stick to them. Get help from Counselling if you need assistance.
- Deal with social media and the distractions of technology. Facebook, Twitter, gaming and other distractions can get in the way of getting your work done. You will need to use willpower to resist the temptations. Consider turning off notifications and plan times to interact with social media. Stick to the plan (see the time management skills tips above).