Hi Clare,


I have had students who are asked for further evidence of their Aspergers.  This is usually when the original diagnosis was done in childhood (often pre-teenage) and where the report doesn’t go into detail about the effect having Aspergers might have on the individual’s ability to study.  There can some differences in the way Aspergers is diagnosed between children and adults (e.g. consultant paediatrician vs consultant psychiatrist), and in the kind of reports those different methods produce. 


Some Local Authorities therefore find it difficult to see how Aspergers will affect a student at university level, because this is not made clear in a ‘child’ diagnosis report.  I have on occasion managed to get an LA to agree to a letter from a GP stating that a student has Aspergers, and that this will affect their studies.  This letter is used in addition to any diagnosis, however old.


Hope that helps,




Harriet Cannon

Disability Coordinator  (Asperger Syndrome / Specialist Mentor Scheme Coordinator)
University of Leeds
0113 343 7538


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Hello all,


Is anyone willing to share with me their experiences of funding bodies rejecting medical evidence of aspergers on the basis of it being out of date?


In my experience aspergers isn't something that changes as you move into adulthood, and isn't something that its easily reassessed.  However, we have had students DSA applications rejected on the basis of them being old. 


Anyone else experienced this?





Clara Hall
Disability and Dyslexia Adviser

University of East London



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