College Access, Success and Equity for Students on the Autism Spectrum
College may be considered a gateway to success, yet access to college is limited for young adults with autism. Given the research recommendations to elicit student experiences and to communicate among universities to improve college access, success, and equity, the present study examined the questions: What factors are perceived as pathways to success or barriers to success by college students on the autism spectrum? What university provided accommodations and/or support services do they prefer? Participants from four universities completed surveys and semi-structured interviews. Findings from the multi-university study suggest the need to provide transition planning and systematic non-academic social and emotional supports from the start of the college experience as well as specific training for faculty, staff, and peers.
KeywordsAutism spectrum disorder College University Accommodations Mental health
ALA and SJK conceived of the study. ALA and SJK carried out the study at the first university, KB and BC carried out the study at a second university, AG carried out the study at a third university and RE carried out the study at a fourth university. ALA led the manuscript preparation with all authors contributing. KB and BC led the coding of data. EMB participated in data entry and analysis. All authors read and approved of the final manuscript.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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