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NAVIGATE: help for students with autism spectrum disorder

January 31, 2020

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Welcome to Deakin! We hope this is the start of a successful and enjoyable experience for you.

While you’re no doubt excited to be beginning your studies, we know that adjusting to university is a big deal for everyone. There’s a lot to absorb – including new routines, different ways of learning, and unfamiliar environments and people – and it can take some time to find your feet.

This process can be even more challenging for students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That’s why we offer students with ASD additional support through our NAVIGATE program.

What is NAVIGATE ?

The NAVIGATE program pairs experienced and friendly student mentors with participants (mentees) to support their transition to studying at Deakin. Participants must be registered with the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) and have ASD or related difficulties.

If you join the program, your mentor will meet with you on campus for at least 30 minutes, once a week, during your first trimester. In your second trimester, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your mentor or other NAVIGATE mentors via group and/or drop-in sessions.

Your mentor is a student just like you, so they’ll be able to help answer your questions and address any concerns you may have with things like:

  • using DeakinSync and other online tools
  • finding classrooms and lecture theatres
  • using the library, both on campus and online
  • writing and submitting assignments
  • linking you to study support resources
  • getting information about Deakin clubs and societies
  • using your student card
  • simply needing to see a friendly face around campus!

I’d like to know more!

If you’ve already registered with the DRC and would like more information about how to connect with a NAVIGATE mentor, chat to your Disability Liaison Officer.

If you’re not yet registered, find out more about the services and resources the DRC offers, and how to request support. You can contact us on 9244 6255 or at drcentre@deakin.edu.au.


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