SYA? attendee feedback & creative work

Here you can find out what our present and past attendees think of our So, You’re Autistic? support programme, as well as a gallery of their appliques – positive words or phrases students came up with about them being autistic, sewn on to fabric.

The group has given me so much more confidence to be myself and understand how things like stimming can decrease my anxiety. I have had the best few weeks that I’ve had in years at uni. My mood has improved and my motivation for life has been renewed. I realised how isolated and masked I was before, now that I am less lonely and more free to be me. – undiagnosed, on waiting list, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

Autumn term 2018

What do you enjoy and get out of SYA?/why do you continue to go?

I was able to be myself without people judging me and trying to change my behaviour and attitude. – diagnosed, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

I enjoy being able to be [weird]. Hearing other people’s opinions and experiences on being autistic and also being able to talk about anything that bothers me and [accepted]. I enjoy it so I continue to go. – undiagnosed, on waiting list, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

Quite a relaxing time. Gives me a routine for my week. Gets me out the house – positive knowing getting out the house. Helping me discover more about what autism means to me. – diagnosed, male autistic – Autumn term 2018

Do you feel SYA? has helped you in any way? Can you describe in what way at all?

I was really anxious about attending university. Following the confirmation that I was autistic I had become isolated, by coming to SYA? I have regained my confidence. – diagnosed, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

Given me a forum to properly discuss what’s affecting me, in addition to mentoring – more a round-table discussion. The space is available for me to talk, which is something I find difficult. – diagnosed, male autistic – Autumn term 2018

What was your understanding of autism prior to attending SYA? Has this changed, and in what way if so?

I was delighted when I got my diagnosis but society’s view of autistic people caused me a huge amount of distress. SYA[?] gave me the language and skills to challenge people’s prejudices. – diagnosed, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

How did you feel about the idea of being autistic prior to attending SYA? How do you currently feel about being autistic?

Undecided before. Knew it was there, could use it to understand how I was. Now, more forward in my mind – in the process of becoming more positive about myself. – diagnosed, male autistic – Autumn term 2018

Do you have any additional comments for SYA?

This is what I feel about it now – [a lot] more positive, I feel awesome about being autistic now. – undiagnosed, on waiting list, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

The SYA[?] programme has been the most significant factor to me being able to attend university. – diagnosed, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

1) I finally don’t feel alone. 2) I’ve finally felt like I could be myself somewhere. – undiagnosed, on waiting list, female autistic – Autumn term 2018

Spring term 2019

What do you enjoy and get out of SYA?/why do you continue to go?

Lovely social group which allows for discussions + exploration of autism in a safe + caring space. Annette + Chloe seem to really care which reassures me + helps me feel positive about my weeks with SYA? – diagnosed, female autistic – Spring term 2019

Do you feel SYA? has helped you in any way? Can you describe in what way at all?

Yes. Made me feel more comfortable with myself + showed me that i’m not alone in my “quirks”. – diagnosed, female autistic – Spring term 2019

What was your understanding of autism prior to attending SYA? Has this changed, and in what way if so?

I had a very narrow view of Autism (people I know + school education). I [now] can appreciate the many facets of Autism + am much more aware of the variety of “faces” who are Autistic. Very informative. – diagnosed, female autistic – Spring term 2019

How did you feel about the idea of being autistic prior to attending SYA? How do you currently feel about being autistic?

Then: Scared. Daunted. Disheartened
Now: Fine, Content, Happier with myself
diagnosed, female autistic – Spring term 2019

Do you have any additional comments for SYA?

Thank you very much. These sessions helped more than I can convey. I’ll take what I’ve learned with me (hopefully) for the rest of my life. – diagnosed, female autistic – Spring term 2019


The majority of our attendees of our SYA? programme also state that the programme is “The most significant factor” or “An important factor” that:

  • helped them stay in university
  • helped them do better at their academic work
  • helped improve their overall experience of university
  • helped them develop skills (such as managing difficult feelings or increased confidence) that would be useful for (e.g.) getting a job in future
  • helped improve their self-esteem
  • helped them to feel more positive about the future

The following slide show exhibits student appliques – positive words or phrases students came up with about them being autistic, sewn on to fabric.

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