Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at heightened risk of post-secondary educational failure and account for approximately 1% of students in post-secondary education. Findings from an on-line survey of students with ASD attending university in Australian are reported in this study. Respondents indicated high rates of academic and non-academic difficulties but low usage of supports. Ratings for supports were idiosyncratic, and some students indicated discomfort from using supports or disclosing their disability. Those students who delayed their disclosure accessed fewer supports and reported a poorer overall university experience. Recommendations were made including the need for better transition support and alternative strengths based approaches that use more flexible and individualised curriculum designs.
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Anderson, A.H., Carter, M. & Stephenson, J. Perspectives of University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord 48, 651–665 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3257-3
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Higher education
- Educational supports
- On-line survey