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Autism and Accommodations in Higher Education: Insights from the Autism Community

Sarrett, Jennifer

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018, Vol.48(3), pp.679-693 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Autism and Accommodations in Higher Education: Insights from the Autism Community
  • Author/Creator: Sarrett, Jennifer
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Autism ; Higher education ; Neurodiversity ; Accommodations
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018, Vol.48(3), pp.679-693
  • Description: This article builds on the growing body of research on higher education for autistic students by soliciting input from autistic adults on their higher education experiences and suggestions on making these experiences more ‘autism-friendly’. Sixty-six individuals participated in a national exploratory survey and thirty-one participated in follow-up, online focus groups. The article reviews the accommodations individuals received and the accommodations they would have liked to receive. Concrete strategies are provided for institutes of higher education to address the social and sensory needs of autistic students, areas many participants reported being neglected in their academic experience, such as mentors and a neurodiverse space. These suggestions are intended to complement traditional academic accommodations to improve the outcomes of autistic students.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0162-3257 ; E-ISSN: 1573-3432 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3353-4